Young farmers show green credentials

GRASSROOTS PARTNERSHIP RI Farm

SINCE the partnership with Grassroots Challenge began it has grown from strength to strength with currently four Young Farmers’ Clubs gaining their bronze eco clubs (Spa, Mourne, Gleno Valley and Collone).

This is a great achievement for all the clubs who have participated so far and the wide variety of activities they have taken part in to date include bush craft, litter picks, snorkelling, alongside learning a variety of new skills.

WINNERS: The Young Environmental Leader of the year prize winners. From left James Speers (President of YFCU), Orlagh McLaughlin (Ulster Wildlife Staff),Rebecca Connor (Mourne YF), Sarah Dorman (Spa YF), Amy Richardson (Bleary YF), Sophie Hawthorne and Ian Walker (Collone YF) and Andrew Gracey (Ulster Wildlife Staff).

Over the summer months the Grassroots Challenge welcomed three young members to their youth forum, Sarah Dorman (Spa), Abby Morton (Bleary) and Karen Walker (Collone). These members represent the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster along with other organisations and take on environmental issues and promote Grassroots Challenge. The most recent event organised and attended by the youth forum members was the annual Grassroots celebration event.

The Grassroots Challenge celebration event was held on Friday, November 23, in Craigavon Civic Centre. This brought together members from the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, Special Schools and Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster. The night was a way of recognising all of the achievements over the past year.

Members who gained a young environmentalist of the year award were Sophie Hawthorne (Collone), Amy Richardson (Bleary), Rebecca Connor (Mourne), Ian Walker (Collone) and Sarah Dorman (Spa). Congratulations to all the members.

There was also an award of the best environmental activity which was awarded to Collone young farmers who organised a club day out consisting of Himalayan balsam bashing at Oxford Island along with a litter pick. All club members had a great day!

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