A week in the life of a ranger

Last week brought something different every day and it’s typical of working as a ranger for the National Trust.

Sunday: I was out working with some of our volunteers signposting the Durham Heritage Coast Footpath and maintaining some footbridges…

Our volunteers, Steve and Dave, putting down some wire mesh on one of the footbridges

Monday: Saw me refencing  the ‘elephant hole’, a 30ft drop into an old mining tunnel at Cliff Ridge Wood near Roseberry Topping, to prevent us from losing any unsuspecting passers by down this gaping hole. Driving posts into loose ground on a near vertical slope isn’t easy but we made a good job of it!

Wayne looking down into ‘elephant hole’

Some of the finished fencing!

Tuesday: I went up to Penshaw Monument to meet some of the new volunteers who are going to help us bring the property to life this Summer by taking members of the public on ‘Tours to the Top’. It’s always nice to welcome new members to the team. Hope we get some nice weather to make their task a pleasant one this Summer.

On August 29th 2011 the National Trust opened up Penshaw Monument and began the first of the ‘Tours to the Top’, giving special access to the loft for the first time in 85 years!

Contact penshaw.monument@nationaltrust.org.uk if you’re interested in booking a tour.

Wednesday: I was in the office at Ormesby Hall printing out posters and catching up with administration.

Thursday: We spent the morning litter picking the Durham Coast, before preparing ourselves for the arrival of a cameraman who’s filming for the Limestone Landscapes partnership. We were there to say a few words about the European Gorse clearance we’ve been doing at Beacon Hill, all made more pleasant by a backdrop of skylark song and inquisitive Highland Cattle.

And of course, the sunshine!


Kate | National Trust

Kate | National Trust



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