Scouts know that nature shapes all of our lives in profound ways. What happens when we use land and waterways to improve the lives of other?

Green Spaces for Change

Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints. For over a hundred years, Scouting has been looking after the natural world around us by undertaking conservation, litter picks and other nature projects in communities up and down the country and around the world. But what happens when our young people turn their green fingers to using the environment to improve the lives of others?

Through the Canal & River Trust ‘Pocket Adoption’ scheme , our young people can help those affected by the four ‘A Million Hands’ issues and make real change in their local communities. It is well documented that access to green space and time spent in the natural environment is really important to health and wellbeing. Improving access, increasing awareness and breaking down the barriers that stop some people enjoying green space is a great way to take action.

Our partners

The Canal & River Trust* is the charity that looks after 2000 miles of waterway in England & Wales.

By deciding to take action through the Canal & River Trust ‘Pocket Adoption’ scheme you can adopt a section of canal to carry out practical improvements and enhancements on a canal or river near you, whilst improving the lives of those affected by dementia, being disabled by society, access to clean water and sanitation and mental wellbeing and resilience.

*Waterways Ireland in Northern Ireland and The Scottish Waterways Trust in Scotland.