AONB Young Rangers

You can read here about the latest activities enjoyed by our Young Rangers. For more information and and details of the latest prgramme of activities please have a look on our Young Rangers page.

Young Rangers First Aiding

On Saturday 14th November, we all went to the St Hugh’s church and took part in a first aid course. We learnt how to apply a bandage to a wound (we made gross fake wounds for this)how to apply both … Continue reading

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Young Rangers Caving

When we all got to Charterhouse Andy and Andy took us into a shed with lots of caving equipment. They got us all kitted up with; A boiler suit, a belt (so that they could attach a karabiner if they … Continue reading

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Young Rangers NOV2015

First Aid In November we had an important session, learning about 1st aid. The group had a go at bandaging, slings, cpr and the recovery position. They even had the chance to transport someone on a stretcher and put an … Continue reading

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Young Rangers OCT2015

Caving and John Muir Continuing our team building and ‘get to know you’ theme from September, in October we went caving in Goatchurch. We split into 2 groups, the more adventurous ones climbing down into the cave and the rest … Continue reading

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Young Rangers SEP2015

Saturday 19th September Our first meeting. The first thing we did was true and false. After that we did nose jousting which is amazingly fun. We all did some more team games including “the magic stick”. Then we when for … Continue reading

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First day for Young Rangers

Saturday 19th September marked the start of a new Young Ranger programme for 2015-2017 with get to know you games and team tasks before the Young Rangers went exploring our local Blackmoor Reserve. A great time was had by all … Continue reading

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Young Ranger Celebration

The 2013-15 Young Ranger programme finished with a bushcraft activity day at Fernhill Farm followed by a celebration barbecue for the Young Rangers and their families. AONB Partnership Chairman joined the group for the celebrations and was delighted to award … Continue reading

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Young Rangers Now Recruiting!

Young Rangers Now Recruiting! – Deadline extended to Sunday 5th July! We are currently recruiting for our 6th intake of Young Rangers – please go to our Young Rangers page for more information about the scheme and for an application form.

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May and June

Farm Visits Our May session was one of contrast.  First we went to Fernhill Farm, where we were met by Jen.  We were taken on a tour of the farm, looking at the sheep and cattle, we visited their orchard … Continue reading

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March and April

Earth Science Centre We had a great visit to Somerset Earth Science Centre in East Mendips.  The day started with some hedge cutting and coppicing next to the centre and after lunch Juliette took us to visit Whatley Quarry.  We … Continue reading

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January and February

Archery and Wells Museum Our trip this month was down to Wells for some archery and a visit to the Wells Museum. From a snowy start at Charterhouse, the weather improved as we went down the hill to Wells.  The … Continue reading

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Now Recruiting for 2015-2017!

NOW RECRUITING FOR 2015-2017 ! We are delighted to announce that further to another successful programme, the Mendip Hills AONB Unit is recruiting 15 young people between the ages of 12 to 14 to join its next two-year Young Ranger … Continue reading

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Recruiting Young Rangers

NOW RECRUITING FOR 2015-2017 ! We are delighted to announce that further to another successful programme, the Mendip Hills AONB Unit is recruiting 15 young people between the ages of 12 to 14 to join its next two-year Young Ranger … Continue reading

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Young Rangers October and November

October – Landscape Detectives We were joined by Rachel Shaw who took us on a journey of discovery about the history of Charterhouse. Everyone dressed up as a character from the past and found out how todays landscape was influenced … Continue reading

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Young Rangers September

On Saturday the 20th of September we went to Hewish we left at 9pm instead of 10 am so we could have more fun earlier on in the day. All of us scrambled in the mini bus and got sett … Continue reading

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Young Rangers Day

On Saturday we met at Charterhouse and got into the mini bus. We drove to Deer Leap. When we arrived we were given a picture bingo sheet. The sheet consisted of pictures that Nichola had taken a day or two … Continue reading

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Young Rangers May Day

On Saturday 17th May the Young Rangers learned a traditional skill that is integral to the feel of the Mendip Hills; dry-stone walling. We had a beautiful day for it, many thanks to Joe Middleton from Avon Wildlife Trust. More … Continue reading

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Young Rangers Owl Day

On the 26th April our session was held at Callow Rock (thanks Somerset Wildlife Trust for letting us use the conference room). Our topic was owls and the first thing we did was have a talk from Chris Sperring from … Continue reading

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Young Rangers March 2014

Young Rangers 15th March 2014  After arriving at Charterhouse we were soon told about navigating with a map and compass. With the majority of us fully understanding how to use them we set off in small groups of around 5 … Continue reading

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Young Rangers January 2014

In January, the Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers met at the Charterhouse Centre. We were given garden cutting tools before we walked down to the lead flues on Blackmoor Reserve. We cut back the vegetation that was overtaking the flues, … Continue reading

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Young Rangers November 2013

Young Rangers First Aid Course Charterhouse 16th November 2013 First we did some bandaging and then we did some slings. Then we watched a funny video called “American First Aid”. After that we did CPR on dollies and the kiss … Continue reading

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Young Rangers October 2013

Young Rangers Caving and John Muir Award Today was our second session of young rangers. The activity that we did today was caving (it was really fun)! Once we had all arrived at Charterhouse we put on the right size … Continue reading

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Young Rangers September 2013

Young Rangers Introductory Session and Mendip Ramble. On the 21st of September I went to Young Rangers.  It was our first session. First we played games in order to get to know each other.  Next we went on a walk … Continue reading

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Goodbye! Hello! Young Rangers

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 … Continue reading

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Young Rangers: Recruiting now!

The Mendip Hills AONB Unit is recruiting 15 young people between the ages of 12 to 13 to join its popular Young Ranger programme for 2013-2015. The two year programme provides a fantastic opportunity to find out about protected landscapes … Continue reading

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Young Rangers May and June 2013

June’s Young Ranger activity involved visiting two contrasting farms.  As agriculture is such an important part of the Mendips it is good to find out how different farms work. We all met up at Fernhill Farm, a location familiar to … Continue reading

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Young Rangers March 2013

March’s Young Ranger activity had a historic theme beginning with a chance to learn the ancient skill of archery and finishing with a visit to wells and Museum to find out about the history of the AONB.   The archery … Continue reading

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Young Rangers February 2013

This month’s activity saw the Young Rangers take part in a conservation task with the Somerset Wildlife Trust at the Edford Meadows Nature Reserve.  Reserve Manager Neil Watson explained how sympathetic management of these hay meadows, over many years, has … Continue reading

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Young Rangers January 2013

This month the Young Rangers had the chance to explore Cheddar Gorge both above and below ground.  National Trust Ranger Hayley Dorrington met the group and explained how the task for the day was clearing scrub from the slopes of … Continue reading

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Young Rangers OCT2012

 This month the AONB Young Rangers began working towards the John Muir Discovery Award – an environmental award scheme focused on wild places.  To get things started the Young Rangers worked in four small groups each making a poster to … Continue reading

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