Outstanding Junior Rangers win cash prize for their academy

Outstanding Junior Rangers James, Ramat, Erin and Holly, pupils at Charles Warren Academy, receive their certificate from Caylin Gans, The Parks Trust Education Ranger in Milton Keynes
Outstanding Junior Rangers James, Ramat, Erin and Holly, pupils at Charles Warren Academy, receive their certificate from Caylin Gans, The Parks Trust Education Ranger in Milton Keynes

Outstanding Junior Rangers from a city academy have been honoured at a ceremony at their school.

Staff from Milton Keynes charity The Parks Trust has announced the winner of the Outstanding Junior Rangers Award at Charles Warren Academy.

The Junior Rangers project is designed to get children involved in their local parks and the wildlife they can find there.

The schools that sign up to the scheme recruit two children from years four through to six to become Junior Park Rangers and they have a number of responsibilities that they have to fulfil throughout the year.

To mark the success of this project, The Parks Trust staff created an Outstanding Junior Rangers Award, new for 2015.

Caylin Gans, education ranger at The Parks Trust, said: “We are overwhelmed year-on-year with the sign-up from the local schools and the commitment the children make to becoming a Junior Ranger and supporting The Parks Trust.

“The award was presented to Charles Warren Academy as we believe they have gone above and beyond in their role as ambassadors for The Parks Trust.

“They came up with exceptional and creative ways to engage with their school and the community including participating in litter picks around the school to keep its grounds and outside areas clear of rubbish, delivering presentations at assemblies about the parks and wildlife, and planting fruit trees and saplings in the school grounds.

“We thank all the schools involved and can’t wait to repeat the programme in 2016.”

Principal of Charles Warren Academy Kate Holland said: “I am very proud of the children and their commitment to their role as Junior Park Rangers.

“James, Ramat, Erin and Holly have been very focussed in their roles as ambassadors for The Park’s Trust, and the way they have raised the profile of caring for the environment has been a credit to them.”

The school chose their prize of £250 towards a school visit to one of the education centres at Howe Park Wood or Linford Lakes.

If you are interested in signing your school up to the Junior Rangers scheme or want more information about the award, contact Caylin Gans, The Parks Trust Education Ranger, on 01908 255378 or email c.gans@theparkstrust.com

>> The Parks Trust is a charity that cares for Milton Keynes’ parks and green spaces – the river valleys, ancient woodlands, lakesides, parks and landscaped areas alongside the main roads that make the city such a great place to live, work and visit.

About 25 percent of the new city area is parkland, adding up to 5,000 acres.

In addition to parkland, The Parks Trust takes care of the landscaping along the main grid roads – 80 miles of trees, shrubs and flowers.