News from Roland Wicksteed for December 2011

  • Merry Christmas

    20:14 20 December 2011
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder

    This will be our final post for this year. We look forward to a busy 2012, and will continue to share news and stories from the National Trust Rangers.
    Christmas is a great time to enjoy the Lakes with family and friends, especially after eating all the fine food and turkey.

    We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
    Ho Ho Ho!
  • LDNP Young Rangers

    14:04 14 December 2011
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder

    With the support of United Utilities, the LDNPA has set up a young ranger programme to help develop the kind of skills, knowledge, confidence and passion to care for the Lake District’s special landscape.

    “The roles involve giving the youngsters opportunities every month to learn and to take responsibility for their actions in a safe and supportive environment in a variety of tasks,” said national park volunteer co-ordinator Tim Duckmanton.

    On Saturday the 3rd December the Young Rangers came to Grasmere to spend a day with the National Trusts Area Ranger (Neil Winder).


    The day was spent working at Burtharlyp Howe in Grasmere, cutting back Beech regen and creating habitat piles, and understanding why we carry out such work and its advantages to the wildlife and the surrounding views.


    The young Rangers got an insight into the work of the National Trusts Ranger service and what it’s like working for the Trust.
    The whole day was fantastic, achieving a lot of work but also time to talk and ask questions.

     Plenty of Fun
    The Young Rangers learned that there is always time for fun when working in the countryside but mostly that the work we do is important for wildlife and visitors.

News from Roland Wicksteed

Photo of Roland Wicksteed

Ranger. It is a privilege to live and work in this beautiful area; it is unique. I am based at Windermere and Troutbeck. My favourite work is drystone walling and hedgelaying. I enjoy instructing Working Holiday Groups in both of these traditional crafts. Part of my work involves keeping the numbers of "invasive non native species" down as much as possible. I also continue to work on a project, the aim of which is to increase the numbers of the scarce touch me not balsam plants,(yellow flowering plants in the image's background!) which the rare netted carpet moth depends upon for its survival. The numbers of moths and plants are mainly restricted to a few small sites in The Lake District.

Blog:
http://centralandeastlakesrangers.blogspot.co.uk/