Our work

Rangers in the Peak District 

Rangers in the Peak District

Staff and volunteers help look after the special habitats and landscapes that attract wildlife and visitors to the Peak District.

We also run tea-rooms at Ilam Park, Longshaw and Edale, holiday cottages and bunkhouses as well as National Trust shops at Ilam Park and Longshaw. 

Rangers in the Peak District 

Rangers in the Peak District

Staff and volunteers help look after the special habitats and landscapes that attract wildlife and visitors to the Peak District.

We also run tea-rooms at Ilam Park, Longshaw and Edale, holiday cottages and bunkhouses as well as National Trust shops at Ilam Park and Longshaw.

Ranger in the Peak District 

Ranger in the Peak District

Staff and volunteers help look after the special habitats and landscapes that attract wildlife and visitors to the Peak District.

We also run tea-rooms at Ilam Park, Longshaw and Edale, holiday cottages and bunkhouses as well as National Trust shops at Ilam Park and Longshaw.

Ecton Mine Engine House built in 1788 © NT

Ecton Mine Engine House built in 1788

Projects

In 2014 we officially opened the Ecton Copper Mine Engine House, following major repair works funded by Natural England. This stone building on Ecton Hill in the Manifold valley holds a special story and now we can share this through open afternoons and guided tours.

 

Tree Sales

Christmas tree sales in the Peak District support our conservation work © National Trust

Christmas tree sales in the Peak District support our conservation work

Each December our ranger team, along with enthusiastic volunteers, sell British sustainably grown Christmas trees at Longshaw and Ilam Park. The money raised goes directly towards conservation work in the Peak District.

 

 

Dovedale Hoard

Late Iron Age coins found at Reynards Kitchen  © Richard Davenport Photography

Late Iron Age coins found at Reynards Kitchen

The Dovedale Hoard was announced by John Craven on BBC Countryfile in July 2014.

The precious hoard of Roman and Late Iron Age coins were discovered in a cave in Dovedale where they had lain undisturbed for more than 2,000 years. The coins are now on public display at Buxton Museum.

 

Italian Garden

Gardening at Ilam Park © National Trust

Gardening at Ilam Park

Having seen some wonderful photographs of Ilam Park taken 100 years ago (from Derby Library) the Ilam Park gardener and volunteers have been working hard to bring back a prominent feature.

With money gifted to the Gardens Department of the National Trust, 8 Regency style stone urns were purchased, similar to those seen in the old photographs. The urns have been planted with a geranium named “Octavia Hill” which had been grown to commemorate the Centenary of the death of the founder of the National Trust.

 

 

Fruit Orchard

Apple blossoms © John Hartland

Apple blossoms

Staff and volunteers at Ilam Park are creating a new orchard and fruit growing area near the Manifold Tea-room. Eventually the fruit can be used by the tea-room staff within their recipes. We hope to start planting local and heritage varieties of trees in early 2015.

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