Dedham Vale Youth Rangers

Are you 13-18 years old?...Do you like being outdoors? .....Are you interested in wildlife?.....then read on......

Our Youth Ranger group meets at Flatford in the heart of Constable Country. This group, organised by the RSPB, National Trust, Flatford Mill Field Studies Centre and Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Stour Valley Project, is aimed at young people who enjoy being outdoors doing something practical.

The work parties, which are on the first Sunday of each month, will involve practical conservation such as coppicing, habitat creation and wildlife gardening. As well as gaining skills in these areas there will be opportunities to do some bush craft and survival skills; some fun outdoor pursuits such as canoeing and geo caching and maybe a nights camping in the summer.

If you want to learn new skills, meet like-minded young people, do something positive for the environment and improve your employability get in touch. Activities could count towards your Duke of Edinburgh Award or Scout and Guide badges.  No experience is needed just lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in and have some fun!

Councillor Nigel Chapman, chair of the AONB Joint Advisory Committee, said:

‘Young people are the future custodians of the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so it’s really important to involve them in its care. I’m delighted these organisations are working together to provide opportunities for young people to be actively involved in the management of this protected landscape.’

The organisations involved hope to help young people re-connect with their local environment in a positive way by combining fun, hands on practical work with learning about wildlife. By doing this, these organisation will be ensuring that young people will have the knowledge and desire to care about the special area in which they live.

Come and join us! 

To book or find out more please contact Emma Black, AONB Project Officer 01394 445225 or emma.black@suffolk.gov.uk

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