My penultimate day as a ranger for the National Trust, and here I am cutting the grass in the Heddon Valley carpark. I had to borrow Dan’s sweaty helmet to make myself look even more like a Ranger!
But on a more serious note, working here has been brilliant. I’ve learnt loads of skills, met some fantastic people and been part of a team helping to manage the countryside in a way that meets the needs of everyone who enjoys and loves this beautiful place. I was’t 100% sure what to expect from a volunteer ranger position, but I have absolutely loved it; a combination of visitor engagement and practical countryside management, which has provided me with the experience necessary to secure a job in Wales. Yes! From the end of September I will working for the Pembrokeshrie National Park, so if you’re visiting between Newgale and Milford Haven, look out for me!
I’ll leave you with a photo of me and a Devon stone wall.
If you are thinking of applying to be a volunteer ranger, I would highly recommend it. It’s easy not to spend too much out in the sticks, and the experience will look great on your CV. The Trust really looks after its volunteers, and if you work hard, you will get out of it as much as you give!
See you in Wales!