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Ranger opportunities for youth in the Churnet Valley

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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YOUNGSTERS living in and around the Churnet Valley are being given the chance to become youth rangers as part of a weekly project aimed at improving the wildlife and landscapes in the area.

Churnet Youth, part of the Churnet Valley Living Landscapes Project (CVLLP), is offering 16 to 21-year-olds the chance to take part in a range of conservation tasks every Friday.

Martin Evans, youth officer at CVLLP said: "Becoming a youth ranger is a fantastic way for young people to make a real difference in our local area by improving wildlife sites for both wildlife and people. Whether young people want to gain experience for future careers, want to meet new people or try new activities outdoors, this group will be perfect for them."

A level two qualification in Environmental Conservation is also available as part of the project. Activities include hedge laying, woodland management, dry stone walling and footpath construction.

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The Churnet Valley Living Landscapes Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was set up to preserve and enhance the area and help preserve its heritage.

Churnet Youth runs a programme of activities for youngsters across the Churnet Valley including exploration tasks, wildlife studies and practical conservation work, as well as offering a programme of activities. Transport to the activity sites is provided from Leek.

Further details on all activities can be found at www.churnet-valley.org.uk.

Anybody interested in joining the group should contact Martin Evans on 07530 489798 or email m.evans@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

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