Forest Rangers of the Future

Forest Rangers of the Future

Forestry Commission in Southern England has launched a new schools competition to find a Forest Ranger of the Future.

The competition, which aims to get English youngsters interested in forestry, is open to primary and secondary school children. In addition to the chance to be Forestry Commission Forest Ranger for the day, winners receive a £100 voucher for Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and a two night stay on one of 15 Camping in the Forest sites.

Insight into Volunteering and Careers

TV presenter Helen Skelton, who is a competition judge, said:

“This is a really exciting opportunity for young people locally. The role of a Forestry Commission ranger is extremely diverse; they may find themselves working with wild animals such as reptiles and deer or testing their knowledge alongside scientists! The role is constantly varied, from managing photo shoots, to enforcing by-laws, maintaining trails to looking after precious wildlife habitats, so there will be plenty to get stuck into. It will be a fantastic experience, offering a genuine insight into the range of volunteering and careers opportunities on offer. I can’t wait to see the entries!”

To enter the competition, tell Forestry Commission England what you love about trees and woodlands. Enter with a video, poster, or short piece of writing. Deadline for entries is Friday 7 March 2014.

For more information on the Forestry Ranger Competition, visit the Forestry Commission website, or contact

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