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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Volunteering is for everyone on the Eastern Moors
Love Outdoors? Love Nature? Love the Eastern Moors?

A year after they ran their Volunteer Taster Day, the Eastern Moors Partnership is able to rely heavily on their dedicated team of volunteers.  The volunteers, through their many hours of sweat and skill, have achieved high level conservation, visitor experience, access, ecological and archaeological monitoring projects. 

The Eastern Moors Partnership, a joint venture between the National Trust and the RSPB, has also recognised the valuable input families can provide, through mutually beneficial Muck In Days.  During the family friendly volunteering sessions, families, of sometimes three generations, have contributed their efforts to giving nature a home on the Eastern Moors through tree felling, pond surveys and spreading heather seed across the moorland. 

Alex Bryant, Warden for the Eastern Moors Partnership, said: “Family volunteering enables local people to get involved and help look after a piece of their local countryside. It is important that people are given ownership and responsibility for these special places to ensure they are cared for both for people and wildlife for years to come.”

The Eastern Moors Partnership are about to launch their new Youth Ranger programme, an exciting opportunity for young adults to get involved in volunteering. Open to individuals with a passion for the outdoors and a love of nature, the Youth Ranger programme aims to give young people an all round experience of what it’s like to work in the world of nature conservation, carefully balancing the needs of people and wildlife.

Youth Rangers will meet once a month on Sunday afternoons, giving plenty of time for a relaxed morning at home first, and will last about three hours. Tasks may include tree felling, stone walling, wildlife surveying, map and compass skills, designing interpretation and delivering events.  The programme also includes opportunities for the young people to identify, plan and deliver projects themselves, giving them an all-round experience and an opportunity to take ownership and responsibility for their group.

Katherine Clarke, Visitor Services Manager for the Eastern Moors Partnership said: “The Youth Ranger Programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get out and active in their local environment, meet new friends with similar interests and gain a wealth of experience during this fun, informative, hands-on programme.”

“Young people often get bad press but there are so many enthusiastic, energetic youngsters out there just waiting for an opportunity to get stuck in, and this is one of those opportunities.”
To find out more about Youth Rangers, adult volunteering or family friendly Muck In Days, email

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