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Latest Junior Park Rangers join the team

[Friday 13 July 2012]

Photo - Ilfracombe school children with their certificates

Another group of pupils from Ilfracombe Junior School have been declared 'Junior Park Rangers' at Bicclescombe Park.

120 children from Year 4 took part in the scheme, organised by the Parks, Leisure and Culture team at North Devon Council.The six-week course aims to raise awareness about the importance of parks and open spaces, how we look after them and why.

Yesterday (Thursday 12 July) the children were presented with their certificates after successfully completing the scheme, which covered topics such as orienteering, plants and trees, recycling, mini beasts, bird watching and pond dipping.

Executive Member for Culture, Councillor Derrick Spear, says: “This course is the highlight of the year for many of the pupils lucky enough to attend. It gives a fascinating look behind the scenes of one of North Devon's best maintained parks. As well as gaining knowledge about our natural environment, the practical sessions are also a lot of fun. We hope that the children take away positive memories and that they remember what they have learnt when they return to use the park in the future."

Local ward member, Councillor Philip Webb, says: "It was a pleasure to present the Junior Rangers with their certificates as it is great to see our young people taking such an interest in their local park. Youngsters like these deserve our support as they are likely to be the community leaders of the future."

Local ward member, Councillor Geoff Fowler, says: "Having been involved with previous presentation days, it's really good to see so many youngsters take a genuine interest in their natural environment and where better to do it than in our lovely award-winning park."

This is the seventh year that the council has run the Junior Park Rangers scheme at Bicclescombe Park. Later this month the council will find out if the park has retained its prestigious Green Flag status.
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