The Mendip Hills AONB Unit has now recruited 15 young people between the ages of 11 to 14 to join its new two-year Young Ranger programme starting this September.
The scheme provides a fantastic opportunity to find out about protected landscapes through a variety of activities that take them out and about in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Young Rangers meet one Saturday per month (except August and December) and have an overnight camp each year.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, participate in a number of outdoor activities and have the potential to gain a number of recognised qualifications such as First Aid, navigation and the John Muir Award.
The cost of the scheme is subsidised by the AONB Partnership and a number of parish councils have made contributions this year including City of Wells, and Compton Martin. Places on the scheme are provided at a charge of just £50 for the two years. This includes all activities, camps and Young Ranger uniform.
Sarah Jackson, Mendip Hills AONB Manager said “Working with our partners such as the National Trust, Somerset Wildlife Trust and Wells Museum we are able to offer a diverse programme which provides a unique experience to a group of young people who we hope to inspire to have a continuing interest in the Mendip Hills’’.
The Mendip Hills AONB promoted the scheme through local schools who have pupils aged 11-14 but also encouraged young people to contact the AONB directly.
You will find more information about our Young Rangers on the Young Rangers page of this web site. http://www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk/young-rangers/