The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is looking for young people who live in the Wye Valley & Forest of Dean to take part in an exciting two year project. Youth Rangers is a great opportunity to get to know the Wye Valley & Forest of Dean through experiencing a range of challenging outdoor activities, from kayaking and climbing to exploring underground caves. Youth Rangers who take part in this exciting free programme will gain a greater understanding of farming, biodiversity and rural skills through training in stonewalling, hedge laying and green woodworking.
“It’s a lot of fun and friendship,” said Sarah Sawyer Wye Valley AONB Youth Rangers project leader. “We want to share our knowledge of the amazing countryside we have in the Wye Valley with young people and inspire them to become the environmental champions of the future.”
Youth Rangers is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Foresters’ Forest Landscape Partnership Programme. Programme manager Sue Middleton said, “Youth Rangers provides a great opportunity for young people to explore what makes our Forest so special and why we want to protect it for future generations. It will give them better understanding and respect for the unique landscape and heritage that we have, and give them a range of new skills.”
Come along to our taster day on the 30th of September when you can meet the Youth Ranger Team and try out bush craft. To book your place contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01600 710844.
A partnership between the AONB Unit, Ross-on-Wye Town Council and Natural England have started tree management work on the banks of the Wye where it passes through Ross, to benefit biodiversity and create river views.
If you are 14-18 years old and love exploring the countryside of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, then the Wye Valley AONB Youth Ranger programme is looking for you! Come along to our Taster Day on September 30th.