Ilfracombe pupils become junior park rangers

YEAR 4 pupils at Ilfracombe Junior School have become this year s Junior Park Rangers at Bicclescombe Park. The children were presented with their certificates after successfully completing the scheme organised by the Parks and Amenities Team at North De

YEAR 4 pupils at Ilfracombe Junior School have become this year's Junior Park Rangers at Bicclescombe Park.

The children were presented with their certificates after successfully completing the scheme organised by the Parks and Amenities Team at North Devon Council.

With the help of colleagues from other local organisations the scheme aims to raise awareness about the importance of parks and open spaces and why they should be looked after for future generations.

Around 120 children took part in the six-week course, which covered topics such as plants, recycling, mini-beasts, bird watching, orienteering and a tree trail.


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Councillor Colin Wright, Ward Member for Ilfracombe West, said: "It is great to see the children rewarded for all the hard work that they have put in over the last six weeks.

"Throughout the course the children have shown a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and knowledge in the practical sessions that took place. They have gained an insight into what a fascinating place the park is and I am sure they will continue to support and enjoy its facilities."

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Celia Smith, Year 4 Co-ordinator at Ilfracombe Junior School, said: "Once again, Thursdays have become the most popular day of the week for the children. They really enjoy their visits to Bicclescombe Park for the Junior Park Ranger scheme.

"The sessions link closely to the work they are doing in the classroom about plants and habitats in our science topic. Each week an interesting and informative session is organised with related activities for the children.

"If you asked the children, they would probably tell you that their favourites were using binoculars for bird watching and compasses for orienteering; but every session has been excellent and varied, led by some very knowledgeable people, and pitched at the right level to hold the children's interest and enthuse them for their tasks and challenges around the park.

"The scheme forms a valuable part of the children's learning during this term. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the North Devon Council Parks team very much, for allowing us to take part again this year and we certainly hope it will continue next year.

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