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“Green Angels” celebrate environmental training success

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DEDICATED volunteers at Warrington are celebrating after becoming “Green Angels” as part of an environmental training scheme.
The scheme is run by land management charity the Land Trust and involves training and volunteering sessions across the borough which have made a big difference to the lives of many people taking part.
Many of the people involved in the Green Angels scheme have benefited significantly from both the courses and volunteering, with some starting up their own landscape maintenance businesses and some finding employment as a result of Green Angels.
The event The Gateway on Sankey Street was an opportunity for people to learn about the opportunities available in Warrington for people who are interested in the outdoors and the environment.
Representatives from Reaseheath College, Myerscough College, The Conservation Volunteers, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, United Utilities and Continental Landscapes provided information to anyone interested in the sector at the event.
Liz Taylor, a Green Angels graduate and volunteer, said:
“I joined Green Angels to upskill, to do something for the environment and to change things around my own area. It enabled me to get the skills that lead on to qualifications so I can take teams of people out and improve our immediate area.
“Working together as a team and meeting new people has been particularly good. It’s refreshing to know there are lots of people interested in nature, which you tend to forget unless you’re involved in a team.
“I hadn’t realised the depth of the friendships and the contacts that I’d make. I would recommend it to anyone.”
Carolyn Hassall, Green Angels project leader, said:
“This is a very exciting time for Green Angels and I am thrilled to be able to take the time to recognise the positive outcomes of the scheme in Warrington.
“We have some fantastic people involved with the courses and volunteering and it’s important that they know how much we value their time, commitment and success.
“We welcome anyone who is interested in the courses or volunteering to get involved. The event really showed what can be achieved by these fantastic people.”
Anyone interested in the Green Angels scheme should contact Carolyn Hassall at the Land Trust on carolynhassall@thelandtrust.org.uk or 01925 852 005.
The Green Angels scheme holds sessions in Great Sankey, Westbrook, Bewsey throughout the year and has enabled people to get outdoors to learn and practice skills on courses such as conservation management, landscape maintenance, basic survival and environmental education.
For further information please contact Sarah Fido, Communications & Marketing Assistant at The Land Trust: sarahfido@thelandtrust.org.uk, 01925 857 024 or 07795 256 2756.

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