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My name is Paul Thompson and I work for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. 

 I am beginning to recruit for next year’s cohort of my project, ‘Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders’.  We really struggled to recruit last year in Ryedale (where there are 6 vacancies) so I wondered if you could please pass this opportunity on to any conservation volunteers, friends or relatives to help raise awareness of this amazing opportunity for young people (age 16 – 24) looking to start a career in the conservation / countryside management sector.


Placements will run from September 2017 – August 2018 and the deadline for applications is 30th June.  Detailed information about the vocational placements including how to apply can be found on our website here:




Participants receive a bursary of £250 per month, a training budget of £470 and a placement completion bonus of £500 cash.


I have attached a flyer for use in newsletters or social media, plus an article featuring interviews with some of this year’s participants.


We will be hosting two practical “taster sessions” in June for anyone who would like to find out more and have a chance to ask myself and the current trainees any questions on the following dates:


·         Saturday 17th June

·         Wednesday 21st June


These will be held at one of our local nature reserves or farms and further detailed information will be sent through later this month.


Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to forward this email and my contact details on.


Kind regards,



Paul Thompson
Environmental Youth Project Leader

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Tel: 01751 417503

Website: http://www.ywt.org.uk



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A family day to remember

what a beautiful day kids up trees, people covered in mud, wands made,eggs found, burgers cooked , faces painted kids running around and smiles all round. thank you all for coming and a BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE FRIENDS GROUP FOR ALL THE HARD WORK !!!

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please respect our nature reserve

I visited the Meadow today and was shocked by what i found near the old oak tree. Some one with an axe had felled a healthy tree for no reason other than to show that they could do it, damaged the great oak and had a huge bonfire ,as well as leaving piles of rubbish for some one else to pick up. The meadow is under the Management of Scarborough Conservation Volunteers and they will prosecute anyone they discover causing criminal damage, We do not mind any one enjoying the Meadow but please respect this nature reserve and take your rubbish home with you

A new future for the meadow

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0001This is a map of the proposed new layout for Raincliffe meadow more evolutionary than revolutionary .

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bird hide

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bird hide

For the next two Weds we are working in the meadow for those that can they are thinning trees before the March deadline the rest of us will be concentrating on the Bird hide and starting to dig the wet/marsh land out

Lets dance


What a stunning spot to come and see some wonderful dancers and singers We had a dance out last year and it was fantastic . The site in raincliffe woods is just perfect to just lie back and enjoy the entertainment and the energy .More details will follow regarding performers but we are looking for local musicians/ singers to play in the intervals and of cause traditional dance groups. If you think that you would like to perform or you would like to help out please contact Ron Baxter or Elaine Clarke
We will be having groups and individuals dancing throughout the two days but to keep in tune with the woodland setting all the music will be purely acoustic and only a small P.A. For public announcements. We will be using a dance floor for the performers (as grass is just too slippery) so volunteers will be needed to help set up this and other tasks including help with the marquee ,litter picking ,help on the day and help with the organisation

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Come and enjoy the day

Come and enjoy the day

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