Mourne Heritage Trust announces the launch of the 2012 Youth Ranger Programme, a great opportunity for young people in Mourne to learn about their local environment and how to look after it.
The Mourne Youth Ranger scheme offers 14-16 year olds the opportunity to learn about what it means to be a Ranger in the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as picking up some valuable skills and experience.
Dave Farnan, Area Ranger for the Mourne Heritage Trust, said about the scheme ‘This is a great opportunity for young people in Mourne to get involved with the practical work MHT undertakes to help maintain the area and gain an understanding and appreciation of this special landscape’.
Photograph: Youth Ranger Julia Martin and Volunteer Co-ordinator Alan Whitcroft consult the map during a navigation exercise.
Alan Whitcroft, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Mourne Heritage Trust, who has organised the programme, said ‘we are very pleased that continued support from Big Lottery allows us to run this scheme into its seventh year’.
The programme will offer the ‘Mourne Youth Rangers’ one day a week of practical environmental work through the summer and will get participants actively engaged in clearing scrub to restore natural habitats, carrying out path repairs and biodiversity surveys in the mountains and learning about the unique Mourne environment. The scheme is free to the participants due to the generous support of the Big Lottery Fund.
Volunteer Co-ordinator Emma Cunningham, who will also be leading the activities added ‘the numbers that we can take on this programme are limited so we would urge those interested to get an information pack from our Newcastle office or on-line at www.mournelive.com and apply as soon as possible, and no later than the 4th July 2012’.