Action for Conservation


Mission Statement

Action for Conservation is a UK grass roots charity which uses pioneering approaches to inspire and empower young people, aged 12-18, to become the next generation of nature conservationists and positively impact the communities around them.
To us, being a 'conservationist' doesn't just mean following a career as a field biologist. We believe that a passion for conservation can flow through anyone's life, whatever their day-job. We empower and support the young people of today in disrupting the conservation status quo, pushing for more radical change and taking action in their communities.


Action for Conservation was founded in 2014 with a vision that every young person in the UK is moved and empowered to protect the natural world. Young conservationist Hendrikus van Hensbergen took two of his colleagues to his old secondary school to talk to young people about their work and caught a glimmer of what might be possible if they inspired all young  people to take up their cause. With the steady decline in UK wildlife, a conservation movement that felt stale and a lack of diversity in the sector, they felt it was their responsibility to act.
Since then the charity has expanded to three locations and six staff members in five years and engages thousands of young people each year, helping them to understand the natural world and be motivated and supported to take action for the environment and act as ambassadors for conservation.

Program Details

Our work has four main strands:
- The WildED school workshop programme targets young people from disadvantaged backgrounds living in urban areas; we work with secondary schools in which an average of 47% of pupils are in receipt of pupil premium. Through inspiring workshops, led by young conservation professionals working in the field, we support students in delivering local conservation projects that positively impact biodiversity, increase connection to nature and build soft skills.
- Residential Conservation Camps allow us to give smaller groups, from a mixture of backgrounds, transformational experiences in nature and work in more depth to build the youth environmental leaders of the future. Participants connect with nature through mindfulness activities, natural history walks and hands on conservation work with Action for Conservation rangers and develop the skills to take action locally.
- Following camp, participants join our one-year Ambassador Programme of mentoring, support and a range of further events and training sessions that empower them to lead change in their own communities and become powerful youth voices for nature nationally. This programme is the foundation for our work to build a youth movement for conservation.
- The Penpont Project, our newest initiative, is the largest youth-led nature restoration project of its kind in an effort to reverse devastating ecological breakdown and create a global gold-standard for youth-led environmental action. Taking place on an upland estate in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, the pioneering project will be run by a Youth Leadership Group of twenty 12-17 year olds from diverse backgrounds. Working in partnership with tenant farmers, the landowners, conservationists and local stakeholders, they will restore habitats and ecosystems and explore innovative farming and forestry approaches to provide a healthy support system for people, biodiversity and agriculture. 
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Climate Change
70 Cowcross Street
London, null EC1M 6EJ
United Kingdom
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