More than 100 primary school children from Ilfracombe have made the grade as junior park rangers.
On Tuesday 26 June the 120 children were presented with their certificates after successfully completing the four-week course, which covered topics such as orienteering, tree identification, mini beasts and pond dipping.
The course, organised by North Devon Council’s Parks team, raises awareness about the importance of parks and how we can help look after them. As well as learning practical skills, the children were taught about wildlife, biodiversity and the natural environment. The scheme has been so successful that it is now in its 13th year.
Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, 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. It is also just as important to the Parks team that the children have lots of fun while they were learning. I’m told the children showed an enormous amount of enthusiasm and knowledge in all the activities they took part in. They are a credit to both their school and their community.”
Joe Alcock from Ilfracombe Junior School, says: “The Park Rangers course is a fun and exciting way of getting the children to learn about the park and understanding the importance of looking after and using our local park properly. The different activities each week have given children a real insight into just how much the park has to offer and we hope they will use and respect the park more so than ever now they’ve completed the course!”
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer at Bicclescombe Park, there is a very active group on Facebook – contact the council’s Parks team on 01271 388308 for more information.
News release from Mid Devon District Council
Mid Devon District Council recently ran a competition asking children of primary-school age to enter a drawing which showed what the Council collects as part of its kerbside blue food caddy collection and/or its subscription-based garden waste collection. The competition was held following the arrival of the Council’s new collection vehicles which are an essential part of keeping food and garden waste separate when collected. This saves the taxpayer money when the organic material is composted and creates a better grade of compost and fertiliser.
The judges were looking for drawings that gave a positive message to inspire people to recycle their food and garden waste. Food waste that is not put out in the blue caddies is sent to landfill and doesn’t break down harmlessly. As it rots it releases methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
67 amazing entries from children attending primary schools in Tiverton, Uffculme, Kentisbeare and Crediton were sent in. Out of those entries 6 lucky winners were announced at a presentation held at Phoenix House on Tuesday 5 June. Leader of the Council, Councillor Clive Eginton, greeted the children and welcomed all to the presentation. Councillor Eginton said: “Judging the competition proved to be really challenging for myself and Councillor Radford. We saw some very artistic and beautifully coloured drawings. It was fantastic to see the children had really thought about recycling and the benefits of composting food and garden waste.”
The winners were presented with a certificate by Councillor Ray Radford, Chairman of the Environment Policy and Development Group, who said, “I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the competition. We had a difficult time choosing the winners but feel we made the right decision; we have six wonderful drawings that really capture the essence of the competition and the winners should be very proud of themselves.”
The photo features, left to right: Felicity Jones, Councillor Eginton, the winners – Emily, Connie, May, Finley, Ruby and Victoria and Councillor Radford. Each of the winners will have one of the new vehicles named after them and their artwork will be displayed on the body of the vehicle. After the presentation the children were invited to sit in the lorry and chat with Recycling Officer Felicity Jones.
British Telecom has written to Mid Devon District Council advising that they propose to remove 38 public phone boxes across Mid Devon. This is on the basis of low usage, the extent of mobile network coverage for normal and emergency use and the fact that “most people do not view payphones as essential for most customers in most circumstances”.
Comments from the community are sought by 25 October 2016 as part of a consultation exercise. The Council is coordinating consultation responses and will respond to BT on a case-by-case basis as to whether the proposed loss of each phone box is agreed, objected to or whether the community wish to adopt the box themselves. Responses should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org and marked ‘Phone box removal’ and with information with identifies the phone box in question, or you can write to Mrs A Fish, Planning Service, Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6PP.
The phone boxes proposed for removal by BT are as follows:
- School Close, Shobrooke
- Opposite Church Lane, East Street, Crediton
- Sandford Bridge, Mill Lane, Sandford
- Moorland View, Lapford
- Frogberry Cross, Coldridge
- Eastleigh, Crediton
- Morchard Road, Crediton
- Bus shelter, New Buildings, Sandford
- Opposite Colebrooke Post Office, Colebrooke
- The Green, Down St Mary
- Half Moon Hotel, Cheriton Fitzpaine
- Stockleigh Pomeroy
- Cruwys Arms, Pennymoor
- Westfield, Bradninch
- Hill Crest, Stoodleigh
- Post Office, Huntsham
- The Mullberry Junction, Church Lane, Cheriton Bishop
- Station Road, Burlescombe
- Pound Hill, Holcombe Rogus
- Seven Crosses Road, Higher Cotteylands, Tiverton
- Mayfair, Tiverton
- Junction Anstey Crescent, Longdrag Hill, Tiverton
- Memorial Hall, Washfield
- Palmerston Park, Tiverton
- St Georges Well, Cullompton
- Adjacent no 16 Honiton Road, Honiton Road, Cullompton
- Boobery, Sampford Peverell
- Car Park, Lower Town, Sampford Peverell
- A373, Halberton
- Church car park, Butterleigh
- Puddington Cross
- Black Dog