School pupils make the grade as Junior Park Rangers
Posted on: 24 May 2016
A group of Ilfracombe Junior School pupils have just made the grade as Junior Park Rangers.
Today (Tuesday 24 May) 130 children from year four at the school were presented with their certificates for completing the course. During the five week course at Bicclescombe Park, the pupils had a go at map reading, tree identification, bird watching and pond dipping, as well as learning about mini beasts.
The course is organised by North Devon Council’s Parks, Leisure and Culture Team and is now in its eleventh year. It aims to raise awareness about the importance of parks and open spaces, how we look after them and why.
Executive Member responsible for parks, leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, said: “This scheme just keeps getting better. It’s a great way for the pupils to learn all about the importance of parks and why we need to protect them for future generations, while enjoying themselves at the same time. I’m sure over the five weeks they will have picked up lots of valuable skills that they can share with their family and friends in their free time.”
Local ward member, Councillor Geoff Fowler, said:”Once again the youngsters have thrown themselves into this yearly project at the park, gaining valuable knowledge about its nature and natural inhabitants. I feel sure they are all proud of their certificates and the work they have done to achieve them. A big thank you must also go to our Parks, Leisure and Culture Team in supporting this initiative with the school.”
Local ward member, Councillor Ian Meadlarkin, said: “It’s been another successful year for the Junior Park Rangers. It’s good to see the enthusiasm these youngsters put into the scheme – it’s an inspiration to us all to get involved in our beautiful park.”
More information about Bicclescombe Park, as well as other parks and open spaces in the North Devon district can be found by searching for ‘Parks, Leisure and Sport in North Devon’ on FacebookPosted in: Leisure