The Mendip Hills AONB Unit is recruiting 15 young people between the ages of 12 to 14 to join its popular Young Ranger programme for 2015-2017.
The two year programme 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).
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 “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 is promoting the scheme through local schools who have pupils aged 12 – 14 but also encourages young people to apply direct to the AONB by completing the application form available at .www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk. by midnight Sunday 5 July 2015.