The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers held a festival in Leicester at the end of last month to launch a scheme encouraging people from ethnic minorities to become involved in conservation. The scheme is part of the Environments for All project funded by the Community Fund.
The charity's aim is to reach beyond the traditional image of white, middle class conservation volunteer and involve different groups. It has found that Muslim communities for example have a strong tradition of working with the environment, but in the past have felt that what was on offer in the UK was not relevant. The festival included multicultural food and music and dance workshops with BTCV volunteers (left). Environmental charities were on hand to explain how people can get involved, and to give advice on energy efficiency.