The Mendip Hills AONB Unit are looking for 15 adventurous young people who love the outdoors and who want to be part of a special group of Young Rangers.
They will get a taste for what it’s like to look after one of Britain’s most special places, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Young Rangers will gain qualifications such as First Aid, navigation and the John Muir Conservation Award, along with learning about the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, taking part in outdoor adventure activities and gaining life skills.
Sammy Fraser, Volunteer Coordinator Officer said
“The Young Ranger scheme is a fantastic opportunity for young people interested in the outdoors and conservation, gaining skills and new experiences and increasing appreciation for Mendip. The scheme works with a range of partners such as the Somerset and Avon Wildlife Trusts and Somerset Earth Science Centre offering a diverse and unique experience’’.
The Young Rangers are aged 12-13 and sign up for two years to take part in a monthly activity. The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership subsidises the scheme so that places are offered at only £100 per Young Ranger for the two year programme. This covers all activities, equipment and the Young Ranger uniform.
Here’s what the current Young Rangers think of the scheme:
‘ Once in a life time opportunity……I made a lot of new friends and learn a lot about the AONB…. It is lots of fun and you learn lots of new skills’
The scheme has been running since 2005 to provide young people in the Mendip area with the core skills of being a ranger or working in conservation in the future. The Mendip Hills AONB Unit are promoting the scheme through local schools who have pupils aged 12-13 but also encourages direct applicants by completing the application form available on Young Rangers page by midnight Monday 12th June 2017.
For further information email Sammy Fraser or Tel: 01761 462338