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Fellfoot Forward John Muir Award

Carlisle Youth Zone outings for John Muir Award

We’re excited to share our first John Muir Award group outings with Carlisle Youth Zone. The group travelled from Carlisle to Brampton on the train and walked to Talkin Tarn Country Park in the sunshine. They built shelters in the woods with Independent Adventures, had a mini raft building competition with some of the Fellfoot team, and, after making their own campfire, reflected on their day whilst enjoying hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The group’s second visit took place in Cumrew, with an introduction to camera trapping demonstration by naturalist Guy Broome. One of the keen eyed group spotted a roe deer, a first for some of the teenagers. This was followed by a walk in Miltonrigg Woods, where they loved the contrast to their home surrounds of Carlisle, climbed trees, and gained a sense of freedom they have not had during the pandemic.

An adventurous trip up to Cardunneth Pike, a prominent hill overlooking Cumrew and beyond, followed later. The group were able to learn how these uplands are managed and were treated to views stretching right across the Fellfoot Forward scheme area. Everyone took on the challenge of exploring a new wild place and returned home ready to share their experiences with others.

The John Muir Award encourages participants to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places and this group will be doing just that in the Fellfoot Forward area, using Fellfoot Forward travel grants. The group will be carrying out conservation work at RSPB Geltsdale this summer and leading on sharing their experiences through art activities in the autumn.

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