YG is keen to do all it can to ensure we are a green charity, we know how important the environment is to the young people we work with and were really happy when we were given the chance to get our hands dirty and make a difference.

We joined forces with the  Stroud Valleys Project to help create a new woodland with more than 1000 trees this winter. This initiative is supported by Gloucestershire County Council’s tree fund and it's target set for 2030 to combat climate change by planting 35 million trees in Gloucestershire.

The site at Salmon Springs is on a piece of land owned by Stroud District Council. It was formerly grazing land leased to a local farmer, however it became available and sits on ideal ground to restore to woodland habitat. Some of the YG staff volunteered in their free time on a rainy Sunday to help dig and left their mark by donating an Oak tree.

Young people from our Prince's Trust Team programme also joined in and managed to plant 60 trees in just a couple of hours. At different site another team of young people spent the day planting ornamental Cherry Trees in Nailsworth. All the young people enjoyed the day out and felt really happy knowing they had left a legacy behind that would out live all of us.

If you would like to learn more about the tree planting initiative visit the Stroud Valleys Project for more details.