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Wednesday 17th July 2013
Celebrating John Muir Awards

Celebrating John Muir Awards

The fourth intake of AONB Young Rangers have completed their 2 year programme with an overnight expedition and camp. On Saturday the group set out from Charterhouse and used their navigation skills to follow a route via Velvet Bottom, Long Wood and Cheddar Gorge. Arriving at their camping site for the night the group set up camp and cooked dinner on an open fire. As the sun set the group were led on a dusk walk through Rowberrow Warren by Paula, a volunteer from the Hawk and Owl trust and were lucky enough to hear both male and female Nightjars calling.

During the camp AONB Chairman Cllr Dawn Hill presented the group with the John Muir Discovery Award in recognition of their achievements in the scheme.

Over the last two years the group have had 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).

There is still time to apply for a place on the next Young Ranger programme for 2013-2015 before the end of July.  The AONB Unit is recruiting 15 young people between the ages of 12 to 13 to join the scheme.

Starting in September, the Young Rangers meet one Saturday per month (except July, August and December) to learn about the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, participate in outdoor activities and the opportunity to gain a number of recognised qualifications such as First Aid, navigation and the John Muir Award.

The AONB Partnership subsidises the scheme for the AONB Unit to be able to provide places at £100 per Young Ranger for the two year programme. This covers all activities and provides a Young Ranger uniform.

Sarah Jackson, Mendip Hills AONB Manager said “We are delighted to be offering the Young Ranger scheme to a fifth group of young people.  Working with partner organisations including the National Trust, Somerset and Avon Wildlife Trusts, Wells & Mendip Museum and the Somerset Earth Science Centre we are able to offer a unique opportunity for young people to discover, explore and conserve the unique landscape of the Mendip Hills.”

The Mendip Hills AONB has promoted the scheme through local schools who have pupils aged 12 – 13 but also encourages young people to apply direct to the  AONB by completing the application form available on our Young Ranger page by Wednesday 31 July.

For further information contact Nichola Penn on 01761 462338 Email npenn@somerset.gov.uk