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Communications Assistant Iona Brownell standing in front of greenery

International Youth Day

International Youth Day 2022 aims to highlight the value of intergenerational solidarity for a more sustainable future.

The idea of intergenerational solidarity is particularly important for the future of the National Park.  Our work to repair and restore nature for generations to come needs input from young people to help protect the landscape they will inherit. It is vitally important that we listen to their ideas and be inspired by their enthusiasm, just as we should be sharing our experience and knowledge with them – all ages, working together for the future of nature.

We are privileged to have some amazing young people work for and support our organisation, like Iona Brownell, who recently joined us on a summer placement with the Communications Team.

“Three weeks ago, I started a summer placement at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park within the Communications Team. In a short time I have become more familiar with the Park and its many projects. I have had the opportunity to work alongside experienced colleagues, which has resulted in me learning new skills and has widened my knowledge of issues that the National Park face, such as climate change and the nature crisis.

Being in the Communications Team, we tap into a wide variety of the work that is going on in the National Park, so it can then be shared with a wider audience. I have been able to work closely with each team member, who have shared their knowledge with me and in turn I have been able to learn from this and provide any knowledge I have too. Being 20 years old, this has been a great opportunity for me to learn from my new colleagues and bring my perspective on board as well. I can now take what I have learned from this valuable experience with me into my future endeavours.”

Thank you Iona, we look forward to learning lots from you in the coming months.

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