Lucy Fenwick, 18, from Stonehaugh, has been appointed as Trainee Placement Ranger with Northumberland National Park Authority through the ‘New to Nature’ initiative.

As part of her role, Lucy is working alongside experienced rangers, conservationists, and environmental experts, participating in habitat surveys, wildlife monitoring, ecological restoration projects, and other vital conservation initiatives.

This practical experience will equip Lucy with valuable skills and knowledge, empowering her to make a significant impact in the field of environmental stewardship.

The Trainee Placement Ranger position forms part of the nationwide New to Nature initiative, which provides paid work placements in nature focused roles, and encourages young individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply to gain hands-on work experience and contribute to the conservation of our natural environment.

The scheme is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and spearheaded by the community charity Groundwork.

Tony Gates, Chief Executive of Northumberland National Park, expressed enthusiasm about the appointment, stating: “We’re thrilled to welcome Lucy to our Ranger Team and provide the first stepping-stone for someone looking to embark on a fulfilling career in the environment and heritage sector.

“We are proud to participate in the New to Nature programme. As an organisation we are passionate about encouraging young people to consider careers in the environmental sector by creating awareness, building the environment and heritage into young people’s education and removing barriers to getting a first job. This position provides an immersive experience, allowing Lucy to actively engage with various aspects of environmental conservation and habitat management.”

Lucy, a former Haydon Bridge High School student, began her 12-month paid work placement with Northumberland National Park in April.

Describing her motivation for applying and her experience so far, she said: “I am loving it! I applied because the role seemed so varied. I’m a very practical, hands-on person that loves the outdoors.

“I’ve learned so much in such a short space of time. The team is so friendly and supportive. Recently I helped the Ranger Team to restore a public footpath at Hareshaw Linn Waterfall after flash flooding and a landslide. I’ve also been learning how to study sites of special scientific interest, including wildflower hay meadows and ancient hill forts.

“There are lots of sectors within the park so no two days are the same. Having this amazing opportunity to work alongside so many inspiring and knowledgeable people has really opened my eyes and I’m convinced that a career in landscape management and conservation is my where my future lies.”

Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive at Groundwork UK, adds: “We are delighted to hear Lucy is flourishing through the programme. Her role with Northumberland National Park Authority is one of 95 we’re creating with our project partners across the UK to encourage young and diverse talent into the natural environment sector.

“Through the New to Nature programme, we aspire to diversify the green jobs sector, inspire a new generation to pursue careers in green jobs and demonstrate that environmental careers are open to all.”

Lucy Fenwick, 18, from Stonehaugh, has been appointed as Trainee Placement Ranger with Northumberland National Park Authority through the ‘New to Nature’ initiative.

As part of her role, Lucy is working alongside experienced rangers, conservationists, and environmental experts, participating in habitat surveys, wildlife monitoring, ecological restoration projects, and other vital conservation initiatives.

This practical experience will equip Lucy with valuable skills and knowledge, empowering her to make a significant impact in the field of environmental stewardship.

The Trainee Placement Ranger position forms part of the nationwide New to Nature initiative, which provides paid work placements in nature focused roles, and encourages young individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply to gain hands-on work experience and contribute to the conservation of our natural environment.

The scheme is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and spearheaded by the community charity Groundwork.

Tony Gates, Chief Executive of Northumberland National Park, expressed enthusiasm about the appointment, stating: “We’re thrilled to welcome Lucy to our Ranger Team and provide the first stepping-stone for someone looking to embark on a fulfilling career in the environment and heritage sector.

“We are proud to participate in the New to Nature programme. As an organisation we are passionate about encouraging young people to consider careers in the environmental sector by creating awareness, building the environment and heritage into young people’s education and removing barriers to getting a first job. This position provides an immersive experience, allowing Lucy to actively engage with various aspects of environmental conservation and habitat management.”

Lucy, a former Haydon Bridge High School student, began her 12-month paid work placement with Northumberland National Park in April.

Describing her motivation for applying and her experience so far, she said: “I am loving it! I applied because the role seemed so varied. I’m a very practical, hands-on person that loves the outdoors.

“I’ve learned so much in such a short space of time. The team is so friendly and supportive. Recently I helped the Ranger Team to restore a public footpath at Hareshaw Linn Waterfall after flash flooding and a landslide. I’ve also been learning how to study sites of special scientific interest, including wildflower hay meadows and ancient hill forts.

“There are lots of sectors within the park so no two days are the same. Having this amazing opportunity to work alongside so many inspiring and knowledgeable people has really opened my eyes and I’m convinced that a career in landscape management and conservation is my where my future lies.”

Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive at Groundwork UK, adds: “We are delighted to hear Lucy is flourishing through the programme. Her role with Northumberland National Park Authority is one of 95 we’re creating with our project partners across the UK to encourage young and diverse talent into the natural environment sector.

“Through the New to Nature programme, we aspire to diversify the green jobs sector, inspire a new generation to pursue careers in green jobs and demonstrate that environmental careers are open to all.”