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School-age people are invited to take environmental action in Buxton

Wednesday 10 April 2019

Junior Rangers get involved with practical conservation projects and learn new skills.Young people aged 13 to 18 years, who want to take part in active conservation and learn more about the wildlife in the Buxton area are invited to become Junior Rangers.

A taster session is being held on Saturday 11 May, 10.30am to 1.30pm at Poole’s Cavern, Green Lane, Buxton.

Organiser Jackie Wragg, a youth engagement officer for the South West Peak Landscape Partnership, said: “We want to encourage young people to show they care about their local area by rolling their sleeves up and getting involved with environmental projects on their doorstep.”

Youngsters who get involved will gain an insight into working in conservation, meet people with similar interests, spend time outdoors for wellbeing, develop a connection with their local natural habitats, and develop valuable skills.

Jackie added: “Junior Rangers have lots of fun: you not only get your hands mucky helping to look after local wildlife and habitats, you find out so much about the places around where you live and you get to make good friends along the way too.”

Each month, Buxton Junior Rangers will take part in local conservation activities with Buxton Civic Association to manage the woodlands in the area, such as Grin Low woods. They will learn about wildlife species and how habitats are managed to support them, and develop skills in tool use, surveying, navigation and health and safety.

The Buxton Junior Rangers group is free to join and will meet monthly on Saturday mornings at Poole’s Cavern.

To book a place on the taster session or for more information about joining Buxton Junior Rangers, email jackie.wragg@peakdistrict.gov.uk or phone 07585 903679.

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