Ranger Sessions: Clarification Of Responsibilities For Ranger-Led Visits
The Rangers at Moors Valley Country Park want you to have an enjoyable and memorable visit. To help you with this, please take a few minutes to read the following guidelines designed for visiting groups. They indicate the responsibilities and expectations for both group leaders visiting the park and the Rangers here at Moors Valley.
Moors Valley Staff Responsibilities
A member of staff will meet you at the Visitor Centre at the start of your day. During your visit they will co-ordinate the activities as planned and advise the group leader of any known hazards. All equipment is provided for Ranger-led activities. All Moors Valley Rangers are first aid qualified and carry supplies during all activities, although the prime responsibility lies with the group leader.
Group Leaders Responsibilities – Before Your Visit
To ensure a happy and safe visit, group leaders are asked to make a preliminary visit. This is essential for your first visit and parking is free. A Ranger can meet you to discuss programmes, group requirements and answer any questions you may have. Please call 01425 470721 to book your preliminary visit.
Groups visiting Moors Valley are advised to make their own risk assessments. All Ranger-led activities have risk assessments prepared for them, if you would like to see any of these please ask on booking. If you would like advice on preparing your risk assessment, please ask when you make your booking.
Group Leaders Responsibilities – During Your Visit
On the day of the visit group leaders will be asked to produce a copy of their signed booking form. This confirms that the group leader in charge on the day has read, understood and agreed to these guidelines and the ‘information for group visits’. This includes health risks in the countryside and the possibility of students picking up ticks. Whilst the Rangers will endeavour to carry out tick checks during and after the session, it is advisable that group leaders also carry out checks throughout the day.
Please remember, there are no litter bins at Moors Valley. Please come prepared to take your rubbish away with you. Weather conditions can change quickly, and the woodland and meadow can become very wet and muddy. It is the group leader’s responsibility to ensure students are wearing appropriate footwear and clothing. We recommend that students cover their skin up as much as possible, wear a sun hat and use sun cream. Group leaders and adult assistants are expected to take an active part in the visit and will remain responsible for the group’s behaviour and discipline at all times.
Moors Valley staff have the right to exclude from the visit anyone who is not properly equipped, or fails to comply with the above conditions.