Meet Roy Henderson, valley ranger in the Lakes

Roy Henderson, valley ranger in the North Lakes, and his dog, Daisy © National Trust

Roy Henderson, valley ranger in the North Lakes, and his dog, Daisy

Name:
Roy Henderson
Job:
Valley ranger
Location:
North Lakes

Roy has worked for the Trust in the North Lakes for 29 years
Roy says: ‘When I was 13 I did my Duke of Edinburgh award and came to the National Trust for my service. I worked with the then valley ranger and loved it so I came back weekends and school holidays as a volunteer. When I left school at 16 I was lucky enough to be offered a job with the Trust in the Borrowdale Valley and I'm now the valley ranger here. I still enjoy going to work as much today as I did back then as a volunteer.’

Best part of the job?
‘The variety of work and the stunning scenery is what keeps me here; I do anything from maintenance of gates and fences to guided walks with local schools.

'When I started working for the Trust the ranger at the time told me this was a way of life, not a job and this is something I’ve embraced. I also believe strongly in the founding principles of the organisation - for ever, for everyone. That's a long time. And a lot of people.'

What filming were you involved in for Inside the National Trust?
‘Anything from assessing an old mine and sheep rescue (which I don’t count in my paid working hours but comes as part of the territory) to setting up the Derwent Water regatta and leading a map reading course. They also filmed me getting to know Daisy and training her as a ranger dog.’

How was filming and doing all that hard work?
‘I've really enjoyed the process despite being a bit apprehensive at first.’

Any filming bloopers?
'I'm sure it's all in the edit; they will either make me look like an enthusiastic fool or a blithering idiot. Let's wait and see!