On the 19th and 20th of January 2015, 21 trainees joined TCV as part of Natural Networks and Natural Talent UK, taking part in an induction at Skelton Grange in Leeds.
Natural Networks, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund 'Skills for the Future, will build on the learning and outcomes of Natural Communities, engaging communities and individuals from all over the UK with their local green spaces and Green Networks, building confidence and supporting people to enjoy their local natural heritage.
Natural Talent UK, funded by Esmee Fairbairn, will continue to focus on the less charismatic but wonderfully interesting species and habitats that are often overlooked in conservation.
As part of their role trainees will increase the capacity of volunteers and communities to play an active role in surveying and taking action to increase the biodiversity value of their local places.
Both programmes are exciting steps forward for TCV, taking a community development approach to environmental engagement whilst developing sustainable partnerships for us with organisations such as RSPB, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The National Forest, amongst many others.