Youth Rangers








Patron: Kate Humble    


We are currently recruiting a new group of Youth Rangers. If you are aged between 14-16years and passionate about the countryside we would love to hear from you. Taster sessions are coming up at half term so what are you waiting for...sign up today!


This  scheme was launched by the Wye Valley AONB unit in November 2011 and is funded by the Lottery, through the Your Heritage Scheme.

Youth Rangers is enabling young people 14-16 years who live in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Forest of Dean to gain experience in a programme of activities featuring kayaking, caving, film making, archaeology, bushcraft, ecology, rural skills and hands on conservation work. They will gain access to some of the most beautiful and interesting parts of our special landscape, and face personal challenges, gain insight, inspiration and motivation, with support and training from dedicated staff and volunteers to help them along the way.                                                

This is the first feature film on Canoeing and Canoe Safety made by our Youth Rangers and shot by the River Wye at Monmouth. Max and Tod get in front of the camera for their first go at interviewing and presenting.

and again the Youth Rangers take on dry stone walling at Meend Farm
Youth Rangers film about the Wye Valley AONB Farming Awards


What’s in it for Young People?

The activity will lead to a John Muir Award.
Click here to find out more about this award

• Kayaking will lead to a 1* award.
• Basic first aid qualification
• All awards  enhance a CV

New skills and experience
Stone walling, hedgelaying, green woodwork, bushcraft, archaeology, film making, caving, ecology and conservation skills. A better understanding and respect for our unique countryside.

Life skills
Youth Rangers will learn a range of skills to use in a variety of situations

• Camp out and bushcraft
• Team and leadership skills
• Form new friendships
• Conquer fears and rise to new challenges with the backing of a supportive team
• Better informed about the area in which you live and its unique heritage

What does it cost?
Youth Rangers is free of charge to young people aged 14-16yrs who have been offered a place on the scheme.

Each Youth Ranger’s place costs the equivalent of £2900 over the two years of the project. The costs include specialist tuition, adventure activities, branded clothing, equipment, transport and staff training.


Find out more on the Youth Rangers Blog 



Should you require more information regarding any aspect of Youth Rangers please contact
the Community Links Officer Sarah Sawyer  Tel: 01600 710844 Email:



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