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.

  • Hilary Monk - Senior Ranger

    Hilary has always loved the outdoors and nature, and spent many happy childhood days exploring the Countryside of North Somerset.
    She studied Environmental Studies and Geography at Liverpool Hope University and then volunteered for Landlife and Groundwork Trust in St Helens.

    Hilary's working career started in Woolworth's, followed by the Ministry of Defence. She joined the Northamptonshire County Council in 1995 working for Ranger Service at Brigstock and Barnwell Country Park and the Countryside Management Team.  After 10 years at Fermyn Woods, Hillary relocated to Irchester Country Park to become Senior Ranger. 2 years later she returned to Fermyn Woods Country Park.

    Working at Fermyn Woods has given Hillary the opportunity to see some amazing Wildlife, particularly butterflies like a Purple Emperor and even a Camberwell Beauty. She has also been able to meet some truly dedicated wildlife enthusiasts who have helped make Fermyn the great park it is today.

  • 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.