Young Rangers

AONBs are landscapes of fantastic diversity offering natural and cultural heritage to explore.  Through different projects we help young people to connect with and care about the Shropshire Hills landscape.

In partnership with South Shropshire Youth Forum, local schools and other youth groups we have worked with many young people in and around the Shropshire Hills over the years.  The John Muir Award has proven a great way to engage local school children and teachers.  Our Conservation Fund also supports projects which help young people to engage with conservation, history and adventure.

Shropshire Hills Young Rangers 

scroll down for more information about this project and how you can get involved

Clee Hill Young Rangers

Click on this YouTube to hear from the Clee Hill Young Rangers (pictured above)

COVID 19 - In line with the latest gov guidelines, outdoor group sessions for young people are postponed until further notice.

Young Rangers is a new project to encourage exploration, learning and adventure in the great outdoors.  Led by qualified and experienced outdoor leaders and youth workers, Young Rangers offers meaningful and fun activities in the special landscape of the Shropshire Hills.

What’s involved?

Action - positive and fun work to help protect and conserve some of Shropshire’s most                important wildlife, landscapes and habitats.

Skills - opportunities for outdoor learning and skills development, including countryside crafts, navigation training, bushcraft and wildlife surveying.

Leadership - finding a voice for, and promoting greater representation of young people in decisions which affect them and our local landscape.

Recognition - celebrating and receiving recognition through the John Muir Award, a well    established environmental award.

Connecting with nature is one of the best ways to reduce isolation during the pandemic.

Whether at home, in your garden, or close to home (as part of permitted daily exercise), we're planning some activities that you can do to re-discover your wild side.  Click here to take a look at what we have planned and join our Young Ranger mailing list by emailing

For further information about Young Rangers please contact:

  • Joe Penfold, Young Rangers Project Officer (for groups in the Pontesbury, Stiperstones, Bishops Castle and Clun area)                                                      


  • Rich Morley, South Shropshire Youth Forum (for groups in the Craven Arms, Church Stretton and Clee Hill area)                                                                                                                           

Young Rangers is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Heritage Fund logo South Shropshire Youth Forum logo        Shropshire's great Outdoors logo


John Muir Award, helping schools to discover the Shropshire Hills. 

Named after the pioneer of the National Parks movement, the John Muir Award helps participants to discover and explore a wild place, to do something to conserve it, and to share their experience.  We have worked with local primary schools to help the children and teachers to gain their Award.

Take a look at this short film, Buzz in the Borders - a project with primary school children to discover all about pollinators and how important they are.  

Based on our work, resources have been developed to help other AONBs deliver the John Muir Award across the UK.

Resource Guide: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

“The outdoor learning that we have undertaken with the AONB over the past seven years has been invaluable. It develops children’s understanding of their local environment and the wider landscape of Britain.  Being outdoors develops confidence and often engages children who may not otherwise participate fully in school."

Head Teacher, Norbury Primary School