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Lowestoft: Taste of the great outdoors

PUBLISHED: 19:19 24 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:42 06 July 2010

PUPILS from schools around Lowestoft have been benefitting from a scheme which encourages young people to enjoy life outdoors.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Youth Outdoor Experience (YOE) project gives youngsters the chance to learn about nature and conservation while improving their teamwork skills and building confidence.

PUPILS from schools around Lowestoft have been benefitting from a scheme which encourages young people to enjoy life outdoors.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Youth Outdoor Experience (YOE) project gives youngsters the chance to learn about nature and conservation while improving their teamwork skills and building confidence.

Based at Carlton Marshes, the YOE programme provides weekly outdoor lessons, and pupils from Denes High School in Lowestoft have been taking part during the autumn term, spending one afternoon a week enjoying activities including outdoor cooking, building shelters, kite-making and beach trails.

YOE project worker Lorna Kerrison said: “It's all about encouraging them to take part in activities in a different setting. We hope it promotes teamwork and helps to build social skills. Their attitudes towards other people, and towards nature, change and it is great to see.

“One of the target groups is teenage girls, who often do not take part in much sport or outdoor exercise. We also try to involve outdoor cooking in the sessions where possible because many of these young people don't eat very healthily.

The pilot scheme, which ends next year, is one of eight green exercise projects in the East of England funded by Natural England.


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