Green appeal

A GROUP for ‘green’ youngsters who help to protect the north Northumberland coast is looking for new members.

The Young Rangers group began life in September 2006 as a joint initiative of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and the Seahouses Youth Project, to engage young people to carry out practical conservation tasks to help keep the AONB a special place.

Over the last five years the Young Rangers have tackled all sorts of tasks, including access improvements, gorse clearance on the Whin Sill, helping to prepare Coquet Island RSPB reserve for breeding birds, pond clearance and hedge planting.

But the group, which won both a LOVE Northumberland award from Northumberland County Council and a Pride of Northumberland award last year, now needs more volunteers.

There are currently seven Rangers aged between 13 and 20 but ideally the group would have 12 members.

Anyone who is interested, or for more information, can contact Shirley Wright on 01665 721960.