Mourne Heritage Trust’s Youth Ranger Scheme runs each summer (July and August) and is a great opportunity for young people in Mourne to learn about their local environment and how to take care of 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’.
Alan Whitcroft, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Mourne Heritage Trust’s Active Lifestyles Programme, said ‘we are very pleased that continued support from Big Lottery for our Active Lifestyles Programme allows us to run this scheme annually’.
The programme offers the ‘Mourne Youth Rangers’ one day a week of practical environmental work through the summer and will get participants actively engaged in activities like clearing scrub to restore natural habitats, carrying out mountain trails maintenance and learning about the unique Mourne environment. The scheme is free to the participants due to the generous support of the Big Lottery Fund.
More details and application pack are released in June of each year.