Young rangers are wanted for coast care work

Teenagers in north Northumberland are being asked to make coastal conservation one of their New Year's resolutions.

Sunday, 26th November 2017, 7:08 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:01 pm
Young rangers caring for the Northumberland coast.

Coast Care Northumberland has teamed up with the Seahouses Development Trust for the return of its Young Rangers programme – and it’s totally free!

The Coast Care Young Rangers will be run by Seahouses Development Trust youth worker Jane Smith, together with Coast Care staff Laura Shearer and Anna Chouler.

The Coast Care initiative is supported by money raised from National Lottery players through a grant of £522,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is run by Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Seahouses Development Trust.

At a local level, the Young Rangers have also received a generous donation from Jeff and Jill Sutheran, owners of St Cuthbert’s House B&B in North Sunderland.

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Starting in January, the programme offers teenagers a great opportunity to learn about the coast by visiting areas such as the Farne Islands, learning bush craft skills, co-ordinating litter picking events, finding out about the work of the Coastguard as well as having an introduction to first aid.

There will be plenty of fun activities over the 10 sessions and a chance to gain a valuable John Muir Award.

Jane said: “All too often, young people receive a negative press, so it is wonderful that this project gives young people a chance to make a difference and, as our coastal environment falls under increasing pressure, each and every one of them can be proud that when they join, they really will be helping to preserve the area for everybody to enjoy.”

Laura Shearer, Coast Care officer, added: “The Coast Care initiative has got off to a great start and 2018 is shaping up to be even better.”

For an application form, visit www.coast-care.co.uk/youngrangers.

The closing date is November 30.