Engaging with the natural environment has a range of benefits for young people’s physical and mental well-being. Cutting down on screen-time and immersing yourself in nature increases self-confidence, creativity, ability to manage risk and teaches the importance of conservation.
HYP run regular forest school sessions as part of our holiday activities, giving young people the opportunity to learn new skills, have fun and spend time in the natural environment.
The HYP garden is a fantastic space for engaging with nature, with willow sculptures made by young people in a project with Tate St Ives and it’s vegetable patch, planted and managed by young people in youth cafe groups. The vegetables we grow go straight to the kitchen to be used in our healthy cooking sessions!
HYP has run several tree planting sessions with young people, planting apple trees in the HYP garden with Fruity Hayle and recently planting a meadow full of native trees as part of The Woodland Trusts ‘Big Climate Fightback’ campaign.
Our holiday activities always give the opportunity for conservation and nature education, including beach cleans for Surfers Against Sewage and snorkel safaris with Cornwall Wildlife Trust.