Posted Friday February 14, 2020 by Melissa Reilly



We have recently partnered with Skills Exchange SCIO to deliver an exciting new woodland restoration project in the park which will develop the skills and employment prospects of local young people, while engaging in a restoration project for the benefit of the Lanark community.

Stuart, the Educational Gardener at Castlebank with Scott from SES at the entrance to the horticultural centre.

During the course of this project, young people from Skills Exchange SCIO will transform these dark, dank areas into vibrant wooded places, brimming with native plants and providing a home for many native Scottish animals. Working together with Stuart Ritchie, Castlebank Educational Gardener, the young people will develop their practical, team working and communication skills. They will gain confidence working on this project which will bring a very clear positive benefit for their local environment, wildlife and the many people who walk through the site towards the Clyde Walkway. The young people will be clearing vegetation, planting a range of native tree species, restoring pathways, planting native bulbs and sowing woodland wildflower seed. Such skills are transferable, and can be applied to jobs in landscape management, conservation, grounds maintenance and horticulture.

Positively Impact the Environment and a Young Person

We have recently partnered with Castlebank Park in Lanark to deliver an exciting new woodland restoration project in the park which will develop the skills and employment prospects of local young people, while engaging in a restoration project for the benefit of the Lanark community. If you would like to find out more information or donate to this great cause. Please click the link below and dont forget to share!https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/woodland-restoration-project#start

Posted by Skills Exchange SCIO on Thursday, 13 February 2020

A Crowdfunder fundraising campaign has been launched to support the delivery of the project.

The money generated from this fundraising campaign will be used for:

  • The cost of an Educational Gardener at Castlebank to work with the young people 1 day a week.
  • The costs for the young people, including: additional travel expenses and the provision of breakfast.
  • To take the young people out for educational activities in areas such as team building.

“Skills Exchange helped me with my confidence, skills and I got an apprenticeship out of it” ~ Lauren, 2019

“I would recommend Skills Exchange because the course gives you qualifications and experience that you can use” ~ Sean, 2019

“Thanks to Skills Exchange I am starting work at Dawnfresh Seafoods and I’m feeling really good about myself” ~ Darrell, 2019

“Skills Exchange is a great leg up for anyone needing advice and support when looking for work” ~ Michael, 2019

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE CROWDFUNDER PAGE AND DONATE

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