When ‘#iwill’ became ‘we did’ for 12 intrepid adventurers

Twelve intrepid young people aged 16-20 said ‘I will’ to Eden River Trust’s second ‘#iwill’ activity challenge of 2018 and struck out on their bush craft adventure around Ullswater.

This was made possible by funding by #iwill 2018 (awarded via Cumbria Community Foundation) matched by the Heritage Lottery Fund. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020.

The group spent an action-packed three days with the Eden Rivers Trust team.

Day one consisted of staying afloat - canoeing across Ullswater under the expert direction of Ben Keen from The Adventure Element. Days two and three involved learning about the Trust’s work in protecting and enhancing the Eden catchment whilst getting the chance to undertake some practical conservation work at Patterdale Hall and learning how to survive in the wild in the company of Gordon Dingwall, from Bushcraft and Survival Experience Cumbria. The group learnt essential bush craft and survival skills, slept out in shelters built from scratch and cooked a feast on open fires. The adventure was concluded with the presentation of the John Muir Award to everyone.

Julie Lawrence, Head of Engagement, Eden Rivers Trust said:

“Inspiring young people about the amazing rivers and lakes on their doorstep and why they’re relevant to them is a crucial part of our work to engage the next generation in enjoying and caring for our rivers. 

#iwill has given these young people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and work by the lake - sleeping outside, fending for themselves and getting muddy while undertaking conservation work. Each one of them went away with a truly memorable experience and having made a difference.”


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