Experience life as a ranger at Tyntesfield estate
PUBLISHED: 09:55 29 July 2017
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A week of activities will be held at Tyntesfield in Wraxall designed to give people the chance to have a go at being a ranger.
World Ranger Week runs from Monday until August 6 and the National Trust estate will be observing the event.
Trust ranger Janine Connor said: “We’ve been marking World Ranger Day at Tyntesfield for several years now, but this year we wanted to really celebrate it by inviting visitors to get some hands-on experience with the work we do to conserve the estate.
“Being a ranger is so varied – one day you’re repairing pathways, the next you’re planting trees and the next you’re surveying bats.”
The week will begin with a ranger school on Monday. Visitors will be able to take part in a family-friendly hands-on conservation session and meet the rangers which do tasks varying from maintaining the orchards to looking after the Victorian estate.
On Tuesday, a guided walk of Tyntesfield will take place, while the following day tree registrar Chris Watts will talk visitors through the estate’s biggest and oldest tress.
Lisa Topham, Tyntesfield’s gardens and countryside manager, said “Tyntesfield is such a varied estate.
“It’s home to a huge range of rare and significant trees, working farmland, wildflower meadows, formal gardens, Victorian buildings and a kitchen garden which supplies ingredients to the restaurant to this day.
“All of these spaces provide vital habitats for different kinds of wildlife – like fungi, bats and birds, butterflies, dormice, dragonflies and deer – which is why it’s so important for them to be protected and restored.”
A hands-on restoration workshop will be held on August 3, with expert Simon Knops showing how to restore a 19th century boundary wall.
He said: “I love to see these old walls come back to life.
“Not only are they part of the original structure, they’ve developed a habitat of their own, hosting mosses, lichens and even small birds that nest in the crevices.”
On August 4 there will be another guided tour of the estate’s trees before children’s activities will take place on August 5-6.
* Spaces on events are limited, but can be booked at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield
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