Over the year, Green Light Trust, a registered local environmental education charity has aimed to inform readers about the work it does in ‘Bringing People and Nature Together’.
We hope you will have learnt a little more and gauged what a very interesting year the trust has had; with lots of activity taking place engaging more than 500 people in environmental and conservation skills-based training and learning.
We have worked hard to secure new working relationships with partner organisations and to raise funding to help us achieve our aims. As the success and popularity of our Greener Lives work has increased; so has our need to increase provision in terms of space, staff and resources from our office in Lawshall.
This estored foundry building, originally an engine shed, won an RIBA East’s Sustainability Award back in 2006 and over the last few months the trust has completed the addition of an office extension; built by a local building company Warren-CPM, of Sudbury, entirely from timber and using modern recycled materials to provide an effective insulated rating and continue with the ‘deep green’ principles of Green Light’s founders, and in line with Green Light Trust’s environmental ethos. We have welcomed almost 500 people to enjoy a range of experiences; from a health- enhancing stroll in Golden Wood, to learning vocational skills about managing and ensuring the survival of ancient woodland at Frithy Wood, Lawshall. People have used this experience, in some cases, to progress through challenging illness to feel healthier and positive about the future. Some of the younger people have used it to kick-start or revitalise their interest in learning and some progress to careers in the environmental sector. Others have gained skills, qualifications and renewed enthusiasm to run Forest School outdoor classes for school children. All have increased their understanding of the need to care for the environment.
As we reflect on this challenging but successful year, we acknowledge we have achieved a number of our objectives and we now look forward to 2014 and the huge opportunity we have to engage with even greater numbers of people, so more can appreciate the benefit of the outdoors and the wonderful natural environment we have around us in West Suffolk.