OPPORTUNITY: Apply to Join the Young People's Forest Panel

Young Scot Hive (#YSHive) and YouthLink Scotland, supported by our founding partners Corra Foundation, NatureScot, Pears Foundation, Scottish Enterprise and Wood, are looking for 15 young people from across Scotland to be part of the Young People’s Forest Panel.   

Project information

🎂 11 to 26 year old's
📅 From April 2021 to December 2021 (with potential for longer)
 Anywhere in Scotland

This project will be run on ️ Zoom (online) for now, however you don't need a Zoom account to participate.

Travel, food and accommodation will be paid for if we return to being able to deliver face-to-face events.

About the Young People's Forest Panel

On this #YSHive project, the group will work together to co-design the first young people’s forest in Scotland as part of the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.

You will be supported by our staff team to work on phase 1 of the project – Forest Conception. This will include designing what the model for forest will look and feel like; deciding on a location for the forest and developing a plan for the future of the forest into phase 2 – Forest Creation, and phase 3 – Forest Curation.

You will join a team of young people to share ideas and thoughts on how to create and care for a forest that will not only be a place for young people across Scotland to use for learning and enjoyment, but will also help tackle the biodiversity loss and climate change challenges that the world is facing right now.

No previous environmental or forestry experience is needed to take part, as we will guide you through everything you need to know. You will work with a group of expert environmental organisations who will help you to build your understanding and knowledge of forestry and provide guidance on what is needed to create a forest.

You will guide YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot on how we can work together to build a forest that is welcome and inclusive to all young people in Scotland and ensure the rights and needs of young people are at the heart of it.

There will also be the opportunity to present your plans and ideas on the young people’s forest as part of COP26 activity in November.

Volunteering with Young Scot and YouthLink Scotland

Joining the Young People's Forest Panel means you will be joining a supportive and inclusive team, with opportunities to learn a range of skills, meet new people from across Scotland, take part in training, and develop confidence in yourself.  

No special experience or skills are necessary to take part, and you don’t need to have any previous experience volunteering either.

Dedicated staff members at YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot will support you to take part. 

We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable all young people to take part, and there will be an opportunity when you apply to tell us about any support or adjustments you need in order to contribute fully.  

We will ensure we are a safe and trusted place for you to volunteer.

We do not accept any form of discrimination or prejudice to anyone on our volunteering projects based on your life experience, background, culture, or identity. This includes age, disability, gender identity, parenting and caring responsibilities, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

What the Young People's Forest Panel will do

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this project will take place online for the foreseeable future. However, we understand getting online can be difficult, so please still apply if you have limited access as we can support you with alternative arrangements.   

The Young People's Forest Panel will meet every 4-6 weeks for workshops with YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot where you will take part in small group activities and discussions about the issues at hand.  There may also be some additional opportunities offered as part of the project. 

You will have the opportunity to speak directly with decision-makers to have your say on the things that are important to you around climate change, nature and biodiversity.

As a #YSHive volunteer you will sometimes be invited to join extra workshops and activities with Young Scot on different topics, but these are optional.

Sign up

If you would like to apply to join the Young People's Forest Panel, then you can apply online via Alchemer.

Apply to join the Young People's Forest Panel

This application form is also available as a word document and we will also accept verbal applications made using video or voice recording over the phone. We’re happy to make reasonable adjustments and provide other additional support to help you apply. Please contact YSHive@young.scot to arrange this.

Next steps 

After you’ve applied, we will invite you for a call with a member of Young Scot Staff.

This is to give you a taste of what volunteering with us might be like, and for us to meet you.      

Successful applicants will be invited to an induction day which will be confirmed following the Taster & Selection workshop.


Email us on YSHive@young.scot if you have any questions or would like to know more about this Young People's Forest Panel - we're happy to help! 

More information 

Find out more about #YSHive.

Check out our #YSHive Frequently Asked Questions.

Find more opportunities to get involved.