Author Kevin Lerwell
Calling all potential conservation workers of the future! Here at the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership, we are proud to now be able to offer young people in the north of Sussex volunteer opportunities to get involved in looking after our green spaces with like-minded people.
So if you are between 16 and 25 and are looking to work in the conservation industry in some shape or form, either in a practical way, (For example, as a Countryside Warden, Reserve Officer, Ranger, Forest Worker, wildlife gardener etc) or an academic one (Perhaps as an Ecologist, Forest Schools teacher or Education Officer etc) why not become a Youth Ranger.
As part of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, we are flying the flag for the wildlife in our project area, there are many valuable sites, including our base at Tilgate Park, Crawley, which provide an important habitat for a diverse range of species.
Our Youth Ranger group currently meets on Wednesdays (during term time) from 10am to 3pm and you can read more about the various activities that you can participate in by visiting: www.gatwickgreenspace.org.uk. On our Youth Groups page, you will find a FAQ sheet and all our contact details.
We are aware that suitable opportunities to gain practical experience in countryside management skills are few and far between these days, (even at the agricultural colleges that are designed to cater for these needs), so we like to think that we are helping to fill the gap that exists in our area and if you have any questions about how you can join in, then we would love to hear from you.
Here is a short video highlighting some of the Youth Ranger activities.