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Posted On: 4th Jun 2014

Nature School Fix on ITV

Fixer Jack Richmond
Young people planting seeds
Fixer Bronwyn Thomas

A group of nature enthusiasts from Cumbria are encouraging the public to take a greater interest in the natural world and living sustainably.

 

Their story was broadcast on ITV News Lookaround on Thursday 5th June.

 

Led by Jack Richmond (22) and Bronwyn Thomas (23) the team want young people to roll up their sleeves and discover the benefits of growing food and keeping livestock.

 

‘I feel as though people these days are not getting enough outdoor experience,’ says Jack.

 

‘Things like growing vegetables, looking after chickens - it’s all getting pushed behind.’

 

Fellow Fixer Bronwyn adds: ‘We want the public to get involved in sustainable living and have something that’s available to everybody.’

 

The pair have recently leased four acres of land in nearby Brampton and, with the help of Fixers, intend to turn it into an outdoor education centre.

 

The aim is to show people how to grow food, keep bees and rear small animals.

 

‘At the minute, there are just a few vegetables and chickens. Later on we want to try to get ducks and geese,' Jack explains.

 

'We hope to make it a real attraction, and get as many people in as we can.’

 

Bronwyn adds: ‘A lot of people don’t have the facility, money or time, so doing something like this will be nice, especially to have that community spirit coming in.’

 

To show the benefits for their campaign, the team invited some young students to visit the wild patch, where they were able to teach them some basics about growing plants and keeping chickens.

 

‘Children often go to the supermarket with their parents and have no knowledge of where their food comes from,’ Bronwyn explains.

 

‘So I think if you teach them early, they will have this respect for things later and want to get involved.’

 

Jack adds: 'If you can get the word across to children, they’ll all probably go home and tell their parents. Then you get the children bringing their parents along, who will see how easy it is!'

 

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See how Aisya Ashraf and her group are encouraging young people to grow their own food. Read their children's book 'Grow & Save'.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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