A week in the life of a National Trust ranger

Interested in what its like to be a National Trust ranger? Gaby was interested enough to join the Tintagel to Holywell team for a whole week of work experience. Here’s what she got up to…

The beach clean posse. Gaby, second from left and our full time volunteers Faye, Alex and Michael, modeling the red.

The beach clean posse. Gaby, second from left and our full time volunteers Faye, Alex and Michael, modelling the red.

My name is Gaby and I have just a completed a one week work experience placement with the National Trust to gather an insight into the day to day life of a ranger. Although it has been a short week, I have learnt so much and it has given me an idea as to what I might like to do in the future. I chose to do work experience with the National Trust as I thought it would be very interesting and this turned out to be very true. The activities I have done have been incredibly varied but also incredibly fun. The experience has helped develop many skills and meet the local people. I have thoroughly enjoyed the week along the coast and would love to volunteer for the National Trust again in the future.

On the first day, I was introduced to the lovely team of rangers and volunteers at Polzeath. We set off towards Tintagel, collecting money from the National Trust boxes along the way. During the day Tom, Michael and I did a few odd jobs. We put a new sign on Glebe Cliff and removed a metal stake out at Bossiney. Also, we dug out some steps at Rocky Valley. The work was quite physical but really enjoyable along the way.
On the second day, Tom, Faye and I travelled to Crantock estuary to pull out ragwort. Tretherras School helped us in the morning pull out numerous bags of the controversial plant. This activity helped me learn lots about the plant and the negatives and benefits it brings to animals. Furthermore, we went to Crantock with the school and we did a quick litter pick of the dunes.

In the middle of the week, Sarah, Faye and I joined a local group and went out looking for the rare harebell flower. I was stunned by the amount of knowledge this group had of flowers and plants. This was a nice day as we were walking the local coast paths at Polzeath in the glorious sunshine.

Not sure what's happening here? Maybe they've gone a bit mad after hunting for Harebells all morning?

Not sure what’s happening here? Maybe they’ve gone a bit mad after hunting for harebells all morning?

On Thursday, I helped out with the easy access rock pool ramble. This ramble helped me gain skills in working with the elderly and disabled. It also educated me on marine life and again what events the National Trust hold.

On the final day, the volunteers and I did a litter pick near Polzeath and another one at Tregardock. This litter pick showed me how much rubbish and litter the National Trust has to pick up regularly. The amount was quite shocking and made me want to clean up more in the future.

In conclusion, I was so glad I did a week’s work experience with the National Trust at Polzeath, as it has helped me decide what I want to do in the future. The experience has also developed many skills and given me an idea as to what the work entails. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone!

Thanks for all your help Gaby!

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