A young volunteer group have helped maintain and protect a nature reserve in Carr Wood, Ripley to improve the area for local people.
The Voices of Youth Community Rangers, set up by Futures Homescape, spent several days extending pathways, conducting wildlife surveys, creating a nature reserve and maintaining a “wild meadow” and so that Carr Wood can continue to attract wildlife and remain accessible to the community.
Futures Homescape’s community development manager, Sarah Whattam, said: “We organised a raft of activities for the kids to take part in during the holidays so that they could be outside in the fresh air, help their community and learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, as well as build their confidence.
“They all had a great time and they are all now one step closer to their award.”
The Voices of Youth Community Rangers are working towards their John Muir Explorer Award, which challenges them to take part in all kinds of outdoor activities.
The group of 10 youngsters volunteered five days during the summer holidays.
For more information on the Voices of Youth Community Rangers, including information on joining, email firstname.lastname@example.org.