Local school children are being recognised at a special award ceremony today (Thursday) after taking part in an exciting course at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe. Children in Year Four at Ilfracombe Junior School successfully completed the six-week Junior

Local school children are being recognised at a special award ceremony today (Thursday) after taking part in an exciting course at Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe.Children in Year Four at Ilfracombe Junior School successfully completed the six-week Junior Park Rangers scheme, run by North Devon Council over the summer. The children took part in different activities each week including map reading, a tree trail to identify different species, a mini beast hunt looking at insects that live in the park, recycling, bird watching and learning about the park's history.The Northern Devon Coast and Countryside Service also helped during the courses, teaching children the different skills and techniques they use in their own work.Cllr Colin Wright, Lead Member for Good and Improving Services says: "The idea behind this scheme is to raise young people's awareness of the importance of parks and why we need to protect them for future generations. We hope this scheme will encourage the children to channel their energies in to really enjoying and looking after the park. "The children showed an enormous amount of enthusiasm and knowledge in all the activities they took part in and are a credit to their school."This is the third year the scheme has been run at the Green Flag award-winning park and it has proved very popular with local children.