The Mendip Hills AONB Young Ranger Scheme has been running since 2005 when the first two year programme was set up with 15 Young Rangers aged 11- 15 years, selected from local schools. Fairlands in Cheddar, Chew Valley School, The Blue School in Wells, Churchill Community School and Oakfield School, nr Frome.
New Young Rangers Recruited
The AONB Unit has recruited a new intake of Young Rangers. The 15 young people from local schools are the fifth group to take part in the two year scheme.
Draft Programme 2013-2014 (PDF Download 110KB)
You will find updates from our Young Rangers here in the AONB Young Rangers section of news.
Junior Ranger Programmes- A good practice guide for protected landscapes (June 2013) (PDF Download 2MB) is published by Europarc Atlantic Isles. The Mendip Hills AONB Unit has been central to producing the guide and our Young Ranger programme is shown as an exemplar scheme.
The Mendip Hills AONB Unit will continue to work with other protected landscapes to develop a national Young Ranger network.
We continue to run our programme with the core funding we receive from our local authorities and Defra and are currently seeking to identify new funding to continue and develop this scheme for the foreseeable future.
If you have any queries on the current scheme, future funding or the proposals in the attached report please contact Andy Mallender email@example.com
The Europarc Federation – the umbrella organisation of Europe’s protected landscapes, set up the model for such schemes and it is this model that the Mendip Hills AONB has followed.
The scheme aims to promote better understanding of why this area is so important and to give experience and understanding of countryside management. It also provides life skills such as first aid, communication and navigation that whilst relevant to the countryside are skills that are beneficial to young people in whatever career path they choose. It is intended that through this scheme, young people who live in or close to the AONB gain a better understanding and sense of belonging to it.
In 2008 the Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers received the Somerset Council Staff award for collaboration.
Europarc Junior Ranger camps
Europarc promote and assist in organising an annual camp for Young Rangers to attend from all over Europe. Our Young rangers have attended the camp in the Cairngorms 2008 and Spain 2009. The 2010 camp was hosted by the Mendip Hills AONB in partnership with Goblin Combe Environment Centre and Fernhill Farm. 2 Young Rangers took part in the 2011 camp in Weerribben-Wieden National Park in July.
International Junior Ranger Camp The International Camp took place in the Triglav National Park, where Junior Rangers are already celebrating their 10th birthday, as they have been one of the pioneer of the EUROPARC JR programme, which was launched in 2002! The Mendip Hills AONB Young Rangers attended this camp (above pics) in July 2012
Mendip Hills Young Rangers Review
The AONB Unit recently commissioned a review of its Young Ranger scheme to identify new funding sources and partners to develop the scheme. The Review of the Mendip Hills AONB Young Ranger scheme (August 2010) by Chris Gledhill Future Directions Consultancy stated that the AONB team ‘had developed a first class young ranger scheme’. Young Ranger Scheme Report 200810 (PDF download – 580KB)