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Green Light Trust

   
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www.greenlighttrust.org
info@greenlighttrust.org
t : 01284 - 830 829
Lawshall, Suffolk
England

Please contact Mark Pritchard, Chief Executive

  Editors' note: Green Light Trust was founded in 1989 by Nigel Hughes and Ric Edelmann. Their early projects used performance and theatre. Their programmes now are based on helping marginalised people to develop and use practical environmental skills.

See, too, their new-build, 'deep green', centre, The Foundry.

Ways of Working  
Practices
environmental education; environmental interpretation; practical environmental projects; storytelling and performance Audiences: children; young people; disadvantaged and marginalised people; communities

Places
woodlands/open air; schools; community centres; local; international

Recent Themes
community woodlands; environmental education; respect for nature; lifestyles; rainforests

Vision  
To enable people, communities and organisations to develop themselves and learn about their relationship with nature to create sustainable lives and a future that protects our planet.

Green Light Trust pioneers new approaches to education that deepen people's respect for nature and encourages each individual to play their vital role in safeguarding the future.

In 1988, Richard Edmunds and Nigel Hughes went in search of virgin rainforest. They found it in Papua New Guinea's remote Hunstein Range, home to birds of paradise and a people living in harmony with nature. They learnt that the entire region was earmarked for industrial logging. Pooling their backgrounds in biology and theatre they returned to Britain to found Green Light Trust.

Drama, ecology and action are combined and taken to schools, the community and overseas. The link with the Hunstein Range continues today. Nigel Hughes is their appointed ambassador.

Green Light Trust's projects since 2000 include:

    Restoring the Repertoire (2013 and ongoing)
    This new project will restore a nationally important ancient woodland to a sustainable ecological condition. People from all sections of the community will learn new skills and play their part as trustees of this wonderful natural asset.

    Community owned WildSpaces (1993 and ongoing)
    Green Light Trust is increasing the amount of woodland in the East of England through its programme of Community owned WildSpaces. To date over 100,000 trees and shrubs have been planted. Over 8,000 children from nearly 60 schools have taken part in our Seed to Tree programme, learning about the importance of natural resources and the environment. More than 3,000 local people have come together to support the projects by contributing their time, energy and local knowledge.

 
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Productions and Projects

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Bringing the Rainforest into Your School
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2000
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Green Light Trust developed Bringing the Rainforest into your School which drew on personal adventure and accurate information.

Bringing the Rainforest into your School fired the imagination and brought students face to face with the real-life dilemmas for forest people, and also helped them to play an active role in the environmental debate.

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green light treeplanting

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Forest for Our Children
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1993
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Green Light in the Community
Green Light Trust increased the amount of Suffolk woodland with its local initiative Forest for Our Children.

Linked with the rainforest of the Hunstein Range, Forest for Our Children was a powerful way for children and adults alike to learn through positive action. Pupils from local schools collected and planted acorns, then later transplanted their saplings and tended their own growing forest. Green Light offered storytelling and illustrated talks on Forest for Our Children and the Papua New Guinea Rainforest.

Green Light Overseas
Green Light's projects with the people of the Hunstein Range in Papua New Guinea have included two environmental dramas which toured by dugout canoe, visits by forest landowners to areas already logged and the publishing of a pre-school book depicting the forest's riches. Today, the Hunstein Range is still standing. An environmental programme for schools has been developed which will benefit children throughout Papua New Guinea. Organisations in Malaysia, Singapore, and Sierra Leone have used these environmental drama programmes to support their own work.

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More About  
Green Light's office and training centre, The Foundry, is a 'deep-green' building, made of recycled timbers, lime plaster, hemp insulation grown locally, solar hot water, recycled rainwater, locally-produced biomass for heating, with all material and labour sourced within twenty miles, as much as possible. It won a prestigious RIBA Sustainability Award.

The building and the wider site are regularly visited by other organisations who are seeking inspiration for their projects.

Green Light joined up to 10:10.

  Green Light Trust
www.greenlighttrust.org
info@greenlighttrust.org
t: 01284 - 830 829

The Foundry
Bury Road
Lawshall, Suffolk
IP29 4PJ
England

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