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Guardians of the National Park

Park Rangers

When you are out and about you may bump into one of our National Park Rangers. They are always happy to stop for a chat about what they’re working on and can help with route planning and inside local knowledge about the best pub or tearoom.

What is their role?

The National Park Ranger Service play a crucial part in caring for the National Park environment. They help visitors to enjoy and get the most out of the National Park.

Rangers are the principle point of contact for those living and working in the National Park. They liaise closely with partner organisations such as Forestry Commission, Natural England and The Ministry of Defence.

How many rangers are there?

We have one Ranger and Volunteer Service Manager and seven rangers. Three rangers are based at Rothbury, covering Simonside and Coquet Valley and Cheviot Hills up to the Scottish Border. Four are based at Once Brewed covering the Hadrian’s Wall corridor and up through the North Tyne Valley. One of these Rangers is responsible for the maintenance of Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail.

What sort of work do rangers do?

Anything from paperwork to guiding in helicopters delivering boardwalks for footpath repair. Tasks include:

  • Maintaining the Rights Of Way network
  • Woodland management
  • Practical nature conservation projects
  • Site Maintenance – including car parks and the most visited areas
  • Education and engagement programmes
  • Surveying
  • Working with National Park specialists including our archaeologist, ecologist and access officer

You can read some of the case studies here.

I’d like to become a ranger in my future career

We love to encourage the next generation. Our rangers deliver student placements and work experience opportunities throughout the year. Find out more here.

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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.