Environment: Teens tackle 300 acres in Brecon Beacons

Twenty teenagers from across the UK are taking control of the management of more than 300 acres in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The nature conservation project is thought to be the biggest in the world to be led by children.

Aged 12-17, the "youth leaders" will restore wildlife habitats and develop sustainable farming and forestry.

Local farmers and wildlife experts will be brought on board to help them with their ideas.

The teenagers will be involved in all aspects of managing the Penpont Estate in Powys, including planting trees, rearing livestock, dealing with finance and publicising the project.

The team will be expected to plan work with local school pupils and others to help them learn more about nature conservation.

"I feel very lucky - it's a really exciting opportunity," said Hannah from Sheffield, one of the participants selected by charity Action for Conservation.

"It's difficult to find people who are as passionate as I am about nature so it's nice to be with so many of them in one place."

"I can't wait to get started," added Deep from London, while Lily from Cambridge said it would be "absolutely incredible in terms of youth involvement in helping out the environment".

The young people will visit Penpont four times a year, and also keep up with progress via regular meetings held over video link.

The project's timeline is open ended and the idea is that as the participants grow up and move on to the world of work or university, others will take their place.

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