Milton Keynes Schoolchildren Encourage Park Users to Respect, Protect and Enjoy the Countryside
Children from six primary schools across Milton Keynes have participated in a competition to create eye-catching posters promoting the Countryside Code to those who visit and enjoy the city’s beautiful green space.
The competition was coordinated by The Parks Trust through our Junior Park Rangers scheme.
Entrants were asked to create their own illustrated posters which reflected the three principles of the Countryside Code; respect other people; protect the natural environment; and enjoy the outdoors.
The competition was open to all the children who attend a school that participates in the Junior Park Rangers scheme. It was introduced to the student body by the Junior Park Rangers themselves and then winners where chosen by the rangers and school teachers.
Each winner received a certificate and some outdooring learning equipment to use at home or their school.
These posters will now be displayed in parkland across Milton Keynes, in areas covered by the relevant school’s catchment area.
Amanda Bailey, Outdoor Learning Practitioner at The Parks Trust, commented: “It’s been wonderful to see the many colourful and creative posters that were entered into the competition – we received over 100 from schoolchildren located across Milton Keynes.
“Children were challenged to make a poster that related to themselves and how they use the city’s green space. This encouraged them to consider the Countryside Code and how we should look after the beautiful landscapes around us. This type of activity is valuable as it promotes responsible behaviour and a sense of community ownership amongst the children who took part, and also those who will see the posters. Do look out for them across our parkland!”
The Junior Park Rangers scheme, which is based on peer education, is designed to engage children in what they can see in their parks, and how they can help to keep their parks clean, healthy and full of wildlife.
Six children per school from years 4-6 are recruited as Junior Park Rangers. They then take on a series of responsibilities including reading a monthly nature-themed newsletter at their school’s assembly, creating and maintaining a noticeboard showcasing their work, and running competitions and quizzes.
The Junior Park Rangers can also attend free, exclusive workshops with The Parks Trust each term, activities include bush craft skills, wildlife walks, and park patrols, and attend an annual Junior Park Rangers Outdoor Learning & Sharing Conference in March.
The Parks Trust is always looking for new schools to join its Junior Park Rangers Scheme. To find out more visit: www.theparkstrust.com/get-involved/outdoor-learning