Teenagers have an exciting chance this weekend to join a Lake District conservation scheme and sample the work of national park rangers helping to look after footpaths in one of the busiest walking areas in the national park.
Recruits, aged between 14 and 19 years, will be meeting on Saturday 19 January at Under Loughrigg car park, near Rydal at 10 am for a practical day’s work, which runs until 3pm.
The Young Rangers scheme, sponsored by Cumbria’s water company United Utilities, provides volunteers with basic equipment – and they just need to bring along waterproofs, sturdy footwear and a willingness to get wet and muddy! Young Rangers also need to have enthusiasm for the Lake District and a commitment to attend regularly for a year.
Volunteer Young Ranger Leader Ruth Kirk said she was looking for young people with bags of enthusiasm and a willingness to help look after the national park. Throughout the year other Young Ranger days will be held in Keswick, Grasmere, Thirlmere, Bassenthwaite, Windermere, Eskdale and Coniston.
“This is the first of many training days throughout the year so we want to kick-off 2013 in style. It’s a great opportunity to get involved in practical conservation work and meet lots of new friends.
“If you’d like to join the Young Rangers this Saturday for a taste of what’s involved, or come along to any of the other activities contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07851 721711,” she added.
More information about the scheme and its 2013 programme can be found at www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/youngrangers