Meet the rangers

Our Countryside Rangers manage the Country Parks and countryside sites for everyone to enjoy.

The Rangers perform a wide variety of management duties in the parks including helping visitors with enquiries, carrying out practical estate work, conservation work, environmental education and organising events and activities.

We aim to have a Ranger attending a country park every day during normal working hours (except Christmas Day).  The Rangers regularly patrol all of our Country Parks.  These patrols help them to monitor any maintenance problems and provide an efficient response to any issues.

The presence of Rangers in their familiar and distinctive uniform can be a very reassuring sight for visitors to the countryside.  We hope that knowing a Ranger is about every day will encourage everyone to visit the parks with confidence.​

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  • Matt Harrel - Senior Ranger Matt Harrel - Senior Ranger

    ​Matt studied Countryside Management at Moulton College for 3 years then did a year’s arboriculture apprenticeship at Althorp Estates.

    In 2008 he took on the Assistant Rangers position at Brixworth Country Park and Brampton Valley Way - he stayed here for a few years honing his skills on the varied work we do at the country parks.

    Matt then moved to Fermyn Woods Country Park as a ranger, took part in butterfly habitat creation for one of our rarest butterflies the Black Hairstreak, created a grass maze and is now putting all his skills and knowledge to use as senior ranger at Barnwell Country Park.

  • Georgina Flower - Ranger Georgina Flower - Ranger

    Georgina is a Harper Adams University graduate with a BSc in Countryside and Environmental Management. During her studies she undertook a voluntary placement for a year at Coombe Country Park with their Estate Officers. Since then she has also volunteered with the Wildlife Trust and assisted with educational activities at Coombe Country Park. 

    Georgina spent her summer conducting various field work for ecological consultancy companies before securing her role here at Barnwell Country Park. She has found it a pleasure meeting members of the surrounding community and exploring the park’s beautiful wildlife and scenery.

    Having only become a ranger in August 2016, Georgina is happily settling into her new role and is thoroughly excited by the new opportunities and challenges that are laid in store.

Barnwell Country Park

Barnwell Country Park

about 8 days ago

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Barnwell Country Park

Barnwell Country Park

about 11 days ago

OLD POUND COINS!!!! Please note as from the 16th October 2017 the car park machine will no longer accept the ‘Old’ pound coin. This machine can acce...

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Barnwell Country Park

Barnwell Country Park

about 13 days ago

Country Park Volunteer Day

Come along to our monthly public volunteering day and help the Ranger with park improvement projects. Tasks are carried out to improve the biodiversit...

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Barnwell Country Park

Barnwell Country Park

about 14 days ago

Nature Tots

Nature Tots will be renovating our Insect hotel as well as making their very own insect home to take away. Places are limited so please pre-book by m...

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Barnwell Country Park

Barnwell Country Park

about 15 days ago

Xplorer Challenge

Test your orienteering skills using the free Xplorer trails around the park. How quickly can you complete the course? FREE event Sheets available from...

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Barnwell Country Park

Barnwell Country Park

about 15 days ago

Feed the Birds

Help your local birds survive the winter by making your own bird feeder to take home! £2 per feeder Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet in ...

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