A bird in the hide is worth new skills

NHUD11-2533-1'Young people on the Princes' Trust team program at Newstead Country Park stop their bird hide buiding project to meet Coun. Richard Butler NCC Environment portfolio holder, Sue Jaques local improvement scheme manager and Newstead Enterprise managing director Mick Leivers.

NHUD11-2533-1'Young people on the Princes' Trust team program at Newstead Country Park stop their bird hide buiding project to meet Coun. Richard Butler NCC Environment portfolio holder, Sue Jaques local improvement scheme manager and Newstead Enterprise managing director Mick Leivers.

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A TRAILBLAZING scheme in Newstead has every right to feel chirpy — after a project to build bird hides meant it has helped 150 young people learn new skills.

A series of initiatives has been launched at the newly-created Newstead and Annesley Country Park with the aim of working with young people who are unemployed, homeless or in care.

The latest project involved 12 volunteers aged between 16 and 25. They were put forward for the bird-hide building by the youth charity, the Prince’s Trust.

The three hides are each four times the size of a garden shed and will be rented to birdwatching groups. Mick Leivers, who is a driving force behind the country park, says it is hoped to set up a business selling the hides.

A grant of £9,000 for the hides came from Notts County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme.

Coun Richard Butler (Con), lead member for environment and sustainability at the county council, said the bird hides were a wonderful asset to the country park.

He added: “Newstead and Annesley Country Park attracts a significantly high number of unusual birds, so these hides will be a welcome addition for the many twitchers who visit the park.

“The young adults have shown great commitment to the project and they can be rightly proud of the finished hides.”