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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  • 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.

  • Morgan Ravine - Ranger Morgan Ravine - Ranger

    After GCSE's Morgan attended Moulton College where he gained a BTEC National Diploma in Countryside Management before moving on to Aberystwyth University, where he studied for a BSc in Countryside Conservation. After this, Morgan volunteered at Sywell Country Park on and off for a number of years before joining the team at Brixworth 2 and a half years ago.

Brixworth Country Park

Brixworth Country Park

about 3 days ago

Brixworth Country Park's cover photo

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Brixworth Country Park

Brixworth Country Park

about 11 days ago

Photos from Brixworth Country Park's post

Lots of exciting finds during Underwater World this morning! Newts, dragonfly larvae, pond skaters and water boatmen have all been found so far!

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Brixworth Country Park

Brixworth Country Park

about 11 days ago

Mocktails in the Park

This summer, First for Wellbeing we will be offering some Mocktail tasters across three country parks between 11am and 2pm each day. At each mocktail...

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Brixworth Country Park

Brixworth Country Park

about 12 days ago

Naturally Playful

Join our education ranger, Helen, in some 'naturally playful' activities including, quizzes, den building, nature hunts, and much more. Two sessions ...

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Brixworth Country Park

Brixworth Country Park

about 12 days ago

Photos from Brixworth Country Park's post

Sadly, this memorial bench on the meadow by the playground has been the target of another arson attack. The vandalism took place between 5pm on Sunday...

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Brixworth Country Park

Brixworth Country Park

about 13 days ago

A group of Harley Davidson enthusiasts visted the park this afternoon. They called us a few days in advance to check it was ok to turn up with almost...

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