Full Time Volunteering… it works!!

2015 brings with it another change of the guard within the Holywell – Tintagel ranger team. Rosie and Ger, two of our current full time volunteers have successfully managed to secure paid employment in the conservation sector and are soon to leave us. It’s been great having them here and they will be sorely missed within the team. Here are a few words from this terrible twosome about their time with the National Trust in North Cornwall.

Gerald McEnery. The lad from Ireland, goes to live on an island.

Ger McEnery

Ger McEnery

Against all the odds and beset on all sides by tasteless potato based jokes, a young(ish) Irishman  finds a job.

That moment has arrived. I’m packing my bags and making ready for island life. The good people at Alnatt Outdoors have seen fit to make me a field tutor, moulding the young minds of tomorrow in the ways and mysteries of ecology (those poor children) at their education centre on the Isle of Wight.

I suppose now would be the time for recollecting and waxing lyrical on all the things I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve had in my 8 months in Cornwall. But to be honest, the things I’ve learned and the memories I’ve made are too many and too varied for one small blog. But I will say I have picked up skills that will last a lifetime and spent an amazing summer in the company of some of the best and nicest people I have ever worked with. It has been a tremendously worthwhile experience and I will always be thankful I made the leap across the pond to do it.

Go raibh míle maith agat agus slán go fóill! 


Rosie Ellis. So long and thanks for all the spuds

After a second stint of volunteering I am off into the big wide world of paid work so the time has come to say goodbye… well not really as I am only going down the road to Perranporth. I am so excited to be staying in north Cornwall and joining the Haven team at Perran Sands Caravan park as a Ranger, taking visitors on wildlife activities on Penhale sands, Cornwall’s most extensive Sand dune system, and designated as a Special Area of Conservation by the EU. Hopefully the sound of crashing waves and Skylarks will never be too far away.

Photo credit Bill Bartlett

Photo credit Bill Bartlett

There is no question that I would not have gained the post without the invaluable and varied experience gained from volunteering with the National Trust, not to mention the guidance and support of staff and volunteers. I would like to thank everyone for (another) great few months! After finishing a Masters in Wildlife Management and Conservation last September it was such a breath of fresh air to hang up the lab coat and get back to being outside nearly all day every day, always covered in mud. I look forward to returning to help out; there is a patch of scrub bashing at Porthcothan I have my eye on.


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