Using the outdoors to develop life skills and a sense of achievement.

Fruit-full Communities

The Fruit-full Communities project helped equip young people with the skills and confidence needed to transform green spaces through the creation of orchards.

Young homeless people worked together to plan, design, and plant their orchards, also learning about tree care and maintenance, as well as careers in the Green Economy. They gained better understanding of the importance of trees in protecting the environment and made connections with other young people working with trees in African countries.

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How did the project work?

Fruit-full Communities (FFC) worked with young people aged 11-24 living in YMCA or Foyer housing schemes, supported lodgings, and/or attending YMCA youth clubs, aiming to improve their health, wellbeing, and prospects for the future.

The project – funded by the Big Lottery – was part of an initiative called Our Bright Future. The project was delivered by Learning through Landscapes in partnership with International Tree Foundation, The Orchard Project, and YMCA.

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