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The Skill Mill is Opening Soon in Northumberland

The Skill Mill will be working in partnership with Northumberland Rivers Trust, after a joint project has been awarded a grant from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund. Our new site will open in January 2021. Read the full press release below:

Northumberland River Trust receives grant of £234,000 from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund

· 68 projects have been awarded grants between £62k and £3.8 million to kick-start a pipeline of nature-based projects while creating and retaining jobs

· First funding round sees £40 million pot allocated, second round of funding to open in early 2021

The Northumberland Rivers Trust Coquet 2020 Vision project working with The Skill Mill is one of the first environmental projects awarded a grant from the government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Defra announced grants between £62,000 and £3.8 million today, to help create and retain thousands of green jobs. The projects, spread across England, will see trees planted - 800,000 in total - and protected landscapes and damaged habitats such as moorlands, wetlands and forests restored, alongside wider conservation work. The projects will also support environmental education and connecting people with green spaces.

The Coquet 2020 vision project will provide jobs for 8 young people, build 20 timber fish passes to help salmon and sea trout get to their spawning grounds and plant 6000 trees. The scheme will also clear plastic from 20 miles of river and deliver 20 guided community nature walks.

Pete Kerr, Director of the Northumberland Rivers Trust said:

“We’re delighted to working with the Skill Mill to provide jobs for young people and improve the river Coquet. We’re also excited to be helping more people to enjoy time beside our rivers after what has been a difficult year.”

Davie Parks from the Skill Mill said:

This funding will enable the partnership to deliver on all the core elements of The Skill Mill’s mission; care for the natural environment, youth employment, heritage and community safety. It will help some of the most economically disadvantaged young people onto the jobs ladder at a critical time. The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a key part of Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change. The fund is being delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, said:

“These projects will drive forward work across England to restore and transform our landscapes, boost nature and create green jobs, and will be a vital part of helping us to build back greener from coronavirus.

“I look forward to working with environmental organisations as these projects help address the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change, while creating and retaining jobs as part of the green recovery.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“Supporting our natural environment is one of the most valuable things we can do right now. All these projects are of huge benefit to our beautiful countryside and wildlife, but will also support jobs, health and wellbeing, which are vitally important as we begin to emerge from the coronavirus crisis.”

The government’s forthcoming Environment Bill puts the environment at the centre of policy making to ensure that we have a cleaner, greener and more resilient country for the next generation. The fund is supporting a range of nature conservation and recovery and nature-based solutions projects, which will contribute towards government’s wider 25 Year Environment Plan commitments, including commitments to increase tree-planting across the UK to 30,000 hectares per year by 2025.


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