Youth Mosaic project launched in the New Forest

Youth mosaic launch at Burley

Published Friday 23 August 2013

An innovative project to provide skills and opportunities for young people in the New Forest was launched in Burley.

An open day at Burley Youth Hostel Association saw a range of organisations offering a taster of outdoor activities to launch the Mosaic project.

The day was part of the recent nationwide launch of the Campaign for National Parks’ (CNP) initiative which provides a way for 16 to 25-year-olds to get involved in National Parks across England.

CNP hopes that, through Mosaic, young people will use the national parks to improve their health and employability and get a bigger say in decisions that are made in National Parks. Young people will have training, volunteer and work experience opportunities through the Mosaic project to help develop their skills and confidence so their chances of employment increase.

At the launch on 17 August young people found out more about New Forest wildlife and bushcraft, tried circus skills and enjoyed a barbecue.

Young champion Craig Burnett, Marchwood, aged 23, said: ‘I’ve had a great day out. Everyone is really friendly. The best bit about the Mosaic project is that we have loads of fun whatever we do!’

Mosaic project officer for the New Forest Sarah Young said more taster sessions and activities ranging from conservation work to outdoor skills will be organised in the coming months and all activities are free.

She said: ‘These landscapes are inspirational places and can give young people the opportunity to try new experiences and develop vital skills that can help them cope with the worries and challenges of modern life both now and as they reach adulthood.’

New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes said: ‘I am delighted we have the opportunity to engage more young people in the New Forest National Park. This is vital both in equipping young people with the skills for their future and sustaining the future of this beautiful area.’

Mosaic is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund and the New Forest National Park Authority Sustainable Development Fund.

If you are 16 to 25 years old and would like to get involved in the Mosaic project or learn more, please contact Sarah Young on 07972 630171 or visit www.cnp.org.uk/content/mosaic-16-25s.

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Photo caption

Young champion Craig Burnett, 23, of Marchwood, discovers more about the New Forest National Park at the Mosaic project launch in Burley.

Notes to editors

About Mosaic and the Campaign for National Parks

1.         The Campaign for National Parks is the independent national voice for the 13 National Parks in England and Wales. Our mission is to inspire everyone to enjoy and look after National Parks – the nation’s green treasures. www.cnp.org.uk

2.         Mosaic is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. The Campaign for National Parks works in partnership with the YHA and the Exmoor, Lake District, Northumberland, New Forest and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities to deliver the Mosaic project for young people. It will run for three years from 2013 to 2016.

3.         The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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