Welcome to the 2023/24 Greensand Champions Hall of Fame!

Greensand Champions are young people who, on their own or as part of a group, are doing amazing things for the Greensand Country Environment. They are inspiring and enthusiastic young people with a passion for positive environmental change and we'd like to share and celebrate their actions with you!

Greensand Champions 2023 Winner: 

Aspley Guise Village School Eco Team

The children of the school are committed to improving their school and local environment, focusing on healthy living, reducing energy consumption and supporting our oceans. They have organised several activities to promote healthy living, including joining Street Tag, a Santa Dash and have written songs about healthy living. They have created stickers around the school to promote reducing energy consumption, and every week they check on how classes are doing. They also ran a competition to see how much they could reduce their use of plastics.

Greensand Champions 2023 Runners Up:

    Flitwick Scout Group


    They attended the Student Cop2 event run by the Ampthill Climate Change Group as well as helping with environmental projects around Flitwick, such as building bird boxes to put up in Flitwick Manor Park and assisting with creating wildflower areas.
    Josie Walden

    Josie started to volunteer by litter picking every week in her local area. This also includes maintaining the local brook, clearing it of debris to ensure that the water environment is better for aquatic life. On a personal level, Josie has found being outside a great way to boost her development and wellbeing.

    Keira and Thea Stolber

    They have volunteered to help the environment in a variety of ways, including recycling, litter picking, reducing water consumption, and planting pollinator-friendly species in the garden. They also took part in the Great Garden Bird Watch, recording the birdlife they saw in their local area.

    2nd Linslade Brownies

    The Brownies supported tree planting with the help of the Friends of Tiddenfoot group, as part of the Queen's Green Canopy Memorial Fund.

    Wildlife Trust Youth Rangers

    Youth Rangers got involved in a variety of conservation tasks at sites in Greensand Country, such as scrub clearance at Cooper's Hill and Flitwick Moor. They have also worked with staff to record species, tree planting and maintenance of Wildlife Trust nature reserves across the area. They also held a stall at the Student Cop2 event to showcase what they were doing.

    Harlington Upper School

    They have created a gardening club that has established a wildflower meadow, learning about native grassland species. They have also helped out in the community as part of Harlington in Bloom and have undertaken tree planting to begin to offset the school's carbon emissions.

    Gravenhurst Pre-School

    Children at the Pre-School have a substantial programme of environmental activities, including creating bug hotels, recycling, composting, recording local wildlife and fundraising to install energy saving devices.

    Justin Milne

    Justin volunteers with Share Flitwick and Ampthill: Library of Things and has supported the Ampthill Buzz project by carrying out plant and insect surveys and collecting the views of local people. Justin also volunteered at the Knepp estate, outside of Greensand Country, and is an active member of the Redborne Environmental Group (last year's winners!)

     Congratulations to all of our nominations, you are all Greensand Champions!

    More about Greensand Champions 

    Find out about our previous winners here

    The Greensand Country Landscape Partnership is led by the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and local environment charity, The Greensand Trust, and is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It is made possible by National Lottery players; without them we couldn’t fund the project.