Our researchers have been working in partnership with the East Riding Voluntary Action Service (ERVAS) (link) and their Youth Green Influencers (aged 10 to 14) Green Influencers Scheme – The Ernest Cook Trust to co-create a citizen science project that would inform and refine the design and testing of the deep learning model in the Hedgerows: Mapping the Gaps project.
Alongside this the Youth Green Influences have also sourced their own funding, from Ernest Cook Trust to create a suite of aligned educational resources that will be available on a local and national scale for parents, young people and professionals to use to educate themselves and others about the importance of Hedgerows and why we should be protecting them.
The young people led on two projects, the first one was the development of an online ‘zine’ (short format magazine). The young people won £360 from Ernest Cook Trust to create and gift a copy of the ‘zine’ to every school in Hull and East Riding, as well as a copy being available online for all.
The second project was to write and illustrate a children’s story book, with the help of researcher Katie Parsons, to use storytelling and empathy to engage readers in the problems that animals who reside in hedgerows face. The young people won £5,000 to develop, publish and gift a copy of “The Mystery of the Giant Claw” to all schools in Hull and East Riding.
The book is now available! If you would like to purchase the ebook, paperback or hardback edition they are all available via Amazon. The ebook only is available via the publisher's webpage.