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Be Part of It

Armed with the Outreach Van, some maps, a Kite, a Quadcopter and an HD camera, the Be Part of It Project worked with youth groups and projects, schools and colleges in the scheme area. We helped young people explore the varied landscape of the Downs around Dover and Folkestone as well as the surrounding countryside. 


We have explored young people's perceptions of the landscape and how they use the countryside as well as seeing our landscape from some unusual angles.

GOPR0488Students from Folkestone Academy enjoying the Downs.

From Dover Young Carers to students from Boulogne

We’ve been working in partnership with English Heritage at Dover Castle and a group from Dover Young Carers Chill Club. We were experimenting with our aerial photography kit on a particularly windy evening! The kite proved particularly difficult to hold on to for some of the smaller members, though we did manage to get some reasonable photos of the castle site and of the group flying the kite.

DYC Dover Castle

We also had a day with a group of French exchange students from Boulogne. The day was spent exploring Folkestone Warren. On this occasion we didn’t really have enough wind to fly the kite, so the aerial photography results were quite limited!

The young people were given the opportunity to show how the landscape and countryside featured in their lives by drawing and annotating maps. These maps showed what was important to the young people in their lives and how the landscape featured in it.

The photo below shows one of the young people describing his map to his friends.