National Trust have welcomed their new trainee Ranger Ed Brightman to Hardcastle Crags.
Ed joined the Hardcastle Crags countryside team in September as a trainee under the National Trust’s prestigious Academy programme, one of only 20 trainee rangers working on the scheme across the country.
Ed, from West Yorkshire, was previously working as a nursery school teacher in Keighley. Wanting a switch of career, Ed has left the classroom behind to embark on a career in the countryside. Under the Trainee Ranger Scheme Ed will spend two and a half years working at Hardcastle Crags, with the opportunity to work at other local National Trust properties including Marsden Moor and the Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales. Aside from valuable on-the-job learning, Ed will also spend ten weeks of each year at Reaseheath College in Cheshire, where he will study towards a BTEC qualification in Countryside Management and gain technical qualifications in skills such as chainsaw and brushcutter use and quad bike and tractor driving.
In the four weeks since he started at Hardcastle Crags Ed’s been busy working with the Trust’s volunteer groups, installing new waymarkers on the walking trails and sowing wildflower seed in the Trust’s hay meadow
Ed said: “I’ve always wanted to work for the National Trust, so it’s fantastic to be working at Hardcastle Crags as a Trainee Ranger.”
Countryside Manager Nabil Abbas said: “It’s great news for Hardcastle Crags that we’ve been able to employ Ed under the Careership Scheme. It’s been six years since we last had a trainee ranger working at the Crags, but with Ed joining our other Ranger Drew Marsh we’ll be able to get a lot more work done to improve the site for visitors and for wildlife”.