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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  • Dan Hurst - Ranger Dan Hurst - Ranger

    Dan has been a ranger for 6 years. He started as a volunteer at Irchester Country Park, then went to Moulton College and studied Countryside Management and Environmental Conservation.

    After college he became a part time ranger and went round all the parks as and when needed. Dan has been a ranger of Brampton Valley Way for the last 4 years, becoming a permanent member of staff 2 years ago.

  • Debbie Samwell - Senior Ranger Debbie Samwell - Senior Ranger

    Debbie joined Northamptonshire’s Countryside Service team in December 2013 as Senior Ranger for Brixworth Country Park and Brampton Valley Way. Her journey to this role has followed a varied and winding path!

    She had two passions growing up, wildlife and countryside, and art; as a teen Debbie often combined the two by drawing on walks around Sywell Country Park. Her education focused on art, while the great outdoors remained a personal passion. Following the completion of her theatre degree, Debbie secured a role as a ranger in Surrey. This reawakened her first passion for parks and the countryside, and is where she realised her true vocation. Since then, Debbie has worked in a wide range of customer service, sales and hospitality roles, and as a ranger at Delapre Abbey, Northampton. She also volunteered for the Wildlife Trust BCN in Northamptonshire on their wildlife sites, learning a range of new conservation skills for her personal development.

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