Laurel has been working with young people in formal and informal education since 2003. She is founder and director of engagement of Urban Wilderness CIC, a not-for-profit company that works with young people to repurpose disused urban spaces for adventure, creativity and play. Currently studying an Urban Planning MSc, Laurel is interested in developing ‘child-led placemaking’ into a model for urban regeneration.

“For me it’s all about empowering young people. Feeling connected to the place you live, the nature around you and the communities you live in has a significant effect on young people’s health and wellbeing, especially in deprived urban areas.”

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