Young Volunteers In Scilly On AONB Exchange Scheme

A group of six young people from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Somerset are learning about our own AONB and gaining some practical conservation skills over the next two days.

The 15 to 18 year olds are Youth Ranger members with the Mendip Hills AONB. We don’t have a comparable group here, but the Five Islands School Green Team covers some of their clean-up duties.

The group is staying at Mundesley House on an exchange after some islands’ youngsters travelled up there last year.

John Davies is one of the volunteers. He says it’s interesting to learn how the AONB in Scilly works compared to the Mendip Hills and says he doesn’t mind cleaning up rubbish on beaches as part of his holiday. He says it’s rewarding and gives him a chance to see more unusual aspects of the islands.

Andy Mallender, an officer of the Mendip Hills AONB, says he was delighted to get a chance to learn about some of his counterpart’s successes and challenges here.

Andy says their AONB is completely different from Scilly, with no coastline and a limited reliance on tourism and this gives the young volunteers a chance to experience a very different environment.

The young people will also be taking part in a bat walk and experiencing gig racing during their visit.