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Youth Rangers navigate new skills in the Peak District

This is an archived press release

Monday 21 November 2005

21 November 2005

Youth Rangers navigate new skills in the Peak District

Young people from all over the Peak District have put themselves on the map by studying to become Youth Rangers.

Twelve youngsters aged 13 to 15 were the latest group to graduate from the Peak District National Park Youth Rangers programme, having learned how to navigate the countryside using map and compass, interpret the landscape, lead a guided walk and find out about conservation.

With their own website - www.youthrangers.com - and the chance to link up with other youth rangers from nine European countries, the youngsters receive a practical insight into the role of a ranger, and their essential conservation and information work.

Pupils from Lady Manners (Bakewell), New Mills and St Philip Howard (Glossop) schools, received their certificates of achievement at a ceremony at Losehill Hall, the National Park's centre for environmental learning, near Castleton.

Six of them represented the Peak District National Park at a Youth Ranger Congress in Austria this summer, and they gave a presentation on the activities they were involved in, including building a bridge over a gorge.

One Youth Ranger, from New Mills School, said: "Being a Youth Ranger was a memorable and fantastic time - we made achievements while having fun and making new friends - brilliant."

Sally Kempson, who has been project manager on the scheme since its launch in 2004, said: "The programme provides an excellent opportunity for young people to have fun, develop confidence and learn more about the national park."

A new programme starts in January - this time including youngsters from Sheffield as well as students from three more of the 11 Peak District secondary schools taking part in the scheme - Hope Valley, Chapel High and Glossopdale.

The project is supported by a £25,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. To find out more, visit www.youthrangers.com or call Sally Kempson at Losehill Hall, the National Park's centre for environmental learning, on 01433 620373.

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