Bright Green Future summer camp at Folly Farm

8 August 2017

Teenagers from across the UK travelled to Folly Farm Nature Reserve in Bristol last week to take part in the first Bright Green Future summer camp. This four-day residential camp was the grand finale of a year spent on the Bright Green Future programme – attending workshops and webinars, running local projects and doing work placements.

The summer camp was led by CSE’s Roy Kareem and involved speakers from the Town and Country Planning Association, Protestival, Houses of Parliament and South Gloucestershire Council amongst others. Participants also got the chance to do some more outdoorsy things including walks around the reserve, a bushcraft course and plenty of marshmallow toasting.

A fantastic four days was had by all and there were many fond farewells (and even some tears!) at Bristol Temple Meads station as the participants were dropped off to travel back home.

"I really feel like it's opened up my mind to the world," said Lily, one of the youngsters taking part.

“Bright Green Future is all about inspiring young people to get involved in creating a more sustainable future” said Roy. “The fact that summer school was so well received has given us hope that we’ve achieved that in our own small way. Getting a bunch of teenagers interested in town planning is no mean feat in our opinion!

"All of the participants were fantastic and we were so impressed with their enthusiasm, knowledge and ideas.”

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