Lotto award for Colne green gang

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A GREEN gang from Colne are ready to launch a new project to provide invaluable work experience to unemployed people.

The Friend of Greenfield Local Nature Reserve, who are also known as the Greenfielder Green Gang, have been granted £8,521 from the “Awards for All” section of the Big Lottery Fund.

They now plan to take on three unemployed people, who will work with LNR’s volunteer manager Paul Clough, get given a course in Health and Safety by Pendle Environmental Action Group leaders and help to maintain the woodland and the reserve.

The project will last 40 weeks and will take place three mornings a week. Candidates will be expected to keep a daily log of their work and learning.

David Penney, chairman of Greenfield LNR Executive Committee, said: “This Lottery ‘Awards for All’ project will benefit the Local Nature Reserve and Woodland in three ways.

“It will give an opportunity for our volunteer environmental manager to pass on his skills and experience to unemployed people, which should stand them in good stead when seeking full time employment.

“It will help to improve and maintain the management of the reserve and woodland.

“It should encourage more people to become involved in looking after their local patch in the community.”

Candidates will receive travel expenses and a daily meal voucher to the value of £5.

Nelson Job Centre has shown interest in helping to find suitable candidates for the project, which should begin in November.

For more information ring 01282 859745 or 07890 835363.