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.

  • 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 Irchester Country Park.

  • Chris Jones - Ranger

    ​Chris started his working career in the retail sector for Marks and Spencer, where he worked for 20 years. In 2005 he started volunteering with Croal Irwell Ranger Service in Manchester and enjoyed it so much that he decided a change in career was in order.

    Chris enrolled on Ecology and Conservation management course at university. After university he gained a volunteer intern position working for the National Trust at Glencoe, working closely alongside the education, ecology and deer stalker rangers. Chris' first paid position was working on a countryside estate outside Glasgow. After this he volunteered fulltime with the National Trust at Wicken Fen by being a seasonal ranger at Kingsbury Park in Warwickshire before gaining a full time position at Irchester Country Park.