Meet Ian Griffiths, upland ranger, North Lakes

Ian Griffiths, upland ranger, North Lakes © National Trust

Ian Griffiths, upland ranger, North Lakes

Name:
Ian Griffiths
Job:
Upland ranger
Location:
North Lakes

Ian has worked as a National Trust ranger for 10 years
Ian says: ‘I initially studied forestry at college but my first long term job was landscape gardening. I did this for four years and then came to work for the National Trust.

'My core work is curing man-made erosion on the Lakeland fells. This is carried out for most of the year, working under the ‘Fix the Fells’ project. In the winter months, the team help out with the upkeep of the South Lakes property. This can be dry stone walling, hedge laying, path building and so on.’

Favourite part of the job?
‘Working on the high fells, in the one of the most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom. Whilst working on the paths, we often get asked if we are dropped off by helicopter every day. People are genuinely surprised that we have to walk to the work site on a daily basis.’

What filming were you involved in for Inside the National Trust?
‘The film crew joined the team to get footage of us working with helicopters. We often use helicopters to fly path-repairing materials to our work sites, usually bags of large stone, which are collected on the fellside and then flown to exactly where we want them on the path. It’s expensive work but totally essential to keep access for all the walkers.’

Favourite filming moment?
‘When we finally managed to get the helicopter in to the air. We had two very frustrating days of not getting anything flown due to adverse weather conditions and the helicopter not being able to take off.’

Any filming bloopers?
‘Whilst doing a piece to camera, I didn’t realise I had a big clump of mud on my finger. I had an itchy nose and so wiped it, not knowing that I’d given myself a lovely mud moustache.’

Anything that surprised you about filming?
‘How much camera footage the crew actually take. They were with us for three days in total, filming for most of it and so it’ll be interesting to see how much time we’re on screen for (probably not for very long!).’