Young people are being given the chance to learn about working in the outdoors with the creation of apprentice roles in Dewsbury Country Park.
Kirklees Council has created six to eight two-year schemes for 16- to 18-year-olds in the park, part of which is on the former landfill site between Heckmondwike, Dewsbury Moor and Ravensthorpe.
The two-year programme of training in countryside management and nature conservation will target school leavers from Dewsbury and the Spen Valley. Apprentices will achieve a level two diploma in environmental conservation, plus qualifications in skills like chainsaw use and drystone walling.
Spen Valley Area Committee has agreed to contribute £7,000 to the scheme.
The 76-hectare site is twice the size of Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall. it is being developed to create an outdoor community attraction.
Dewsbury’s Diamond Wood is being planted in the park, one of 60 across the country to be planted in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year and to date, more than 500 people have planted 39,000 trees.
In addition the Landscoping Project has given families the chance to say what they wanted for the park. Over the last month anyone who planted a tree could compete to name the park’s mascot, a squirrel.
The winner was Jessica Clark, whose suggestion, Joe, was drawn from a hat.