Invaluable support from Volunteer Rangers

25th January 2016

Outdoor Recreation NI’s Volunteer Rangers have once again demonstrated how invaluable they are to the work of the organisation.

As the 2015/16 Volunteer Ranger audit season draws to a close, Outdoor Recreation NI’s Volunteer Rangers have literally been walking and canoeing the length and breadth of the country.

Diane Crookes, Outdoor Recreation NI Product Development Officer and coordinator of the programme stated ‘As always, we are very thankful for the Volunteer Rangers’ continued dedication to helping ensure the quality of the outdoor recreation experience in Northern Ireland.’

The following statistics from the 2014/15 season highlight the scale and importance of volunteers’ contribution:

– In total 2385 hours were dedicated by Volunteer Rangers, this work equated to a value of £71,550

– 16 new Volunteer Rangers were recruited and trained, we currently have 106 active Walk and Canoe Volunteer Rangers

– Walk Volunteer Rangers completed audits of the quality sections of the Ulster Way/Waymarked Ways, Medium and Short Quality Walks and Ecotrails, over 1100km of trail

– Canoe Volunteer Rangers completed audits of inland and coastal canoe trails, over 463km of trail.

Becoming a Volunteer Ranger is a great opportunity to give something back to the outdoor environment which you enjoy. For more information see the Volunteer Ranger section of the Outdoor Recreation NI website.