THE URBAN RANGERS..
“I liked Clent because we were able to go around in the land rover, we saw all sorts, nature everywhere and we experienced loads of stuff that I don’t normally get to see. I have learned many conservation skills that they would have used 100 years ago. I have learned lots about lots of stories from the past in Kings Norton, like how there was a battle on Kings Norton Green and the Queen stayed there. Also; that the Romans used to live opposite Millennium Green where the Cemetery is. When they did graves they are always finding bits of Roman pots and coins and stuff like that. Over Easter we did a project where we learned to make Roman coins and pots. We have also found clay at Millennium Green and seen a map that shows there used to be a clay pit there. They used the clay to make bricks and tiles in Birmingham. I also go to the AGM meetings for Millennium Green and give them lots of ideas about how to make it better for people.” Lewis, 16yrs.
“My name is Abena Anima but you can call me Ab. I’m 15 years old and I enjoy taking pictures in my spare time. I am part of a volunteering group called the Urban Rangers. When I found out I could be their photographer I was full of joy. I enjoy taking pictures because the camera sees more beauty in nature than the naked eye as you can focus in on something. I hope you enjoy the pictures I have taken for this website. While being with the Urban Rangers I have learned many things, den building for example, hedge laying and tree felling. The pictures I took that you can see here are of plants that would have been growing here 100 years ago at Millennium Green and they are native woodland plants. We are working to get the woodland back to its natural state and we planted these primrose, forget me not and wood anemone.”
“My Name is Brandon and I am an Urban Ranger. I have learned many new skills and I loved using the scythe; I learned that you can’t do it with anyone standing on your left hand side or you will chop them in half! Now I have done it people won’t get stung when they walk down the path. I have learned to make dead hedges, coppice hazel and also how to identify trees and plants. I have learned very useful things and things about my area and the history of the canals. It gives you the experience of being a free person and being a great worker. If I never volunteered on this project I think I wouldn’t be so intrigued with the outdoors. We did an exhibition about Millennium Green; it looks much better now than it did in the 90’s because it’s got paths and fences, more trees and grass areas. There is also the play area.” Brandon, 15yrs.
SUPPORT STAFF DAN..
“I think that learning traditional conservation skills is important to stop the skills from dying out. Especially in a place like Kings Norton that has a very agricultural past. A lot of the things that we are learning, hedge layng, coppicing, digging clay, would have been done 100 years ago. Connecting people with their past and the past of the area where they live is important.” Dan HLF Conservation Assistant and ex GAP Student"
SUPPORT STAFF KELLY..
“Being lucky enough to have been part of the GAP Project has taught me a range of skills in conservation like hedge laying, coppicing (Hazel), plus much more. Skills which are not practised so much in the countryside on my doorstep (Kings Norton). So now I enjoy teaching the conservation skills I have learned for the HLF project to improve our local green spaces in our community and improve young people’s attitude to our environment. If I can help improve a young person’s skills, that’s great.” Kelly – HLF Conservation Assistant and ex GAP student.