Thanks to funding from BMW UK

Two young rangers have joined the team at Northumberland National Park in new nature ranger roles, thanks to funding from BMW UK.  

Lucy Fenwick, 19, from Stonehaugh, Northumberland, and Guy Griffiths, 21, from Brancepeth, County Durham, were successfully appointed to the roles, which have been specially created to support nature recovery projects taking place in the National Park and provide a warm-welcome to visitors during the summer season.  

Lucy worked for the National Park previously having held a trainee placement position while Guy has studied Land and Wildlife Management at Houghall College in Durham.  

The two rangers’ roles will play a key role, engaging with visitors during the busy summer season as well as supporting nature and wildlife protection and conservation. They will carry out practical tasks such as tree planting and red squirrel monitoring and they will support activities that engage people with the National Park’s aims such as, guided walks and schools’ education programmes. 

These roles have been made possible by funding from BMW’s project, which recently celebrated a significant milestone of reaching the halfway point in this innovative partnership with all 15 UK National Parks. The three-year partnership will see BMW UK invest nearly £1 million in biodiversity and community projects and put all 15 of the UK’s National Parks firmly on the EV map by installing 135 new charging sockets.  

Talking about the nature ranger roles, Margaret Anderson, Senior Ranger at Northumberland National Park said:  

“The BMW-funded nature ranger roles in Northumberland have opened up entry-level pathways to employment with Northumberland National Park, kick-starting what we hope will be life-long careers in the environment sector for Guy and Lucy. Working closely with the National Park Ranger team and other specialist officers, the Nature Rangers will help people to learn more about wildlife and conservation and will provide a first-class visitor welcome during the busy summer season. They will also carry out practical conservation tasks such which will contribute to important nature recovery projects on a landscape scale.”   

Guy Griffiths, one of the new duo of nature rangers at Northumberland National Park said: 

“The BMW Recharge in Nature funding has opened up a fantastic opportunity for Lucy and I, as we take the next step in the environment sector with National Parks. The Nature Ranger roles provide excellent experience connecting people with nature and a wealth of training and development opportunities which will provide us with real hands-on experience and help us to create a welcoming park for everyone visiting Northumberland National Park this summer.  

“I’ve really enjoyed working on Hadrian’s Wall: Recovering Nature, a landscape scale nature recovery project, looking at different data gathering methods to support species monitoring in the National Park. I can’t wait to start sharing my knowledge with people and inspiring them to connect with nature for their wellbeing, hopefully inspiring people to care for the unique and special surroundings.” 

Speaking about the Recharge in Nature project, Graham Biggs, Corporate Communications Director, BMW UK, commented:  

“It’s a huge pleasure to reflect on Recharge in Nature’s impacts to date, and to celebrate the power of this partnership. In the months ahead, the Recharge in Nature partnership will see BMW continuing to invest in locally-delivered biodiversity and community projects, and installing more charge points that are vital to support visitors to travel by EV and cut driving emissions, noise and air pollution in these precious places.” 

The two nature ranger roles will be for seven months, covering both spring and autumn which are peak times of activity and see increased numbers of visitors in Northumberland National Park.