Youth Rangers Wanted at Rushmere Country Park

Local environmental charity The Greensand Trust is looking for young people aged 13-18 to take part in its Youth Ranger Scheme coming this autumn to Rushmere Country Park, thanks to generous sponsorship by building and civil engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine.

The scheme is a perfect opportunity for young people interested in conservation and the environment to learn new skills, gain valuable work experience and a recognised environmental award while having fun and making a difference to the environment and the local community.

The Youth Ranger Scheme has received a financial boost thanks to sponsorship from Sir Robert McAlpine as part of its Grassroots 150 campaign which donates to worthy causes on the occasion of the company’s 150th anniversary. The Greensand Trust was proposed as a recipient by Lorraine Parker, sustainability administrator at Sir Robert McAlpine, who also volunteers for the Greensand Trust as part of the Visitor Services team at Rushmere Country Park.

Greensand Trust Chief Executive Gill Welham said: “We’re extremely grateful to Sir Robert McAlpine and its Grassroots 150 Committee for this donation and particularly to Lorraine for applying and securing this wonderful award and for the gift of her time supporting our visitor services at Rushmere Country Park.
“By investing in our Youth Ranger Scheme Work, Sir Robert McAlpine is helping a new generation of young people to get involved as volunteers while receiving valuable training and an insight into what’s involved in a career caring for the environment.”

Lorraine Parker said: “The Grassroot 150 campaign gives Sir Robert McAlpine’s employees an opportunity to support projects in their community that they are passionate about. I am delighted to be able to make a difference to The Greensand Trust by supporting the Youth Ranger Scheme. It’s a great opportunity for local young people to get involved with the protection of the park and learn practical new skills at the same time.”

Starting in September over six months, young rangers will be required for two sessions per month including one weekend and one evening.  They will plan, take part in and lead practical conservation projects which could be anything from planting trees and creating trails, to making bird and bat boxes.  They will also work with other conservation volunteers in the park and gain a John Muir Award - an environmental award scheme focusing on discovering and conserving wild places.

Although the scheme starts in the autumn, places are limited, so now’s the time to apply to join the scheme. To find out more or to sign up, please call the park on 01525 234260 or email:

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Rushmere Country Park is located at Herons’ View Visitor Centre, Linslade Road, Heath & Reach, Bedfordshire LU7 0EB. Managed by The Greensand Trust, working in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, the park is run on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of visitors and wildlife.