Our work

Peak District Ranger Team © National Trust

Peak District Ranger Team

Our team

In the Peak District we have a wide range of varied roles to cover our vast estate and the many things we do here, including moorland conservation and restoration, education groups & learning centres, shops and tea-rooms, accommodation, our annual events programme, tree safety work, dry stone walling, fence building and much more.

Ecton Engine House Restoration

Ecton Engine House built in 1788, possibly the oldest in the world

Ecton Engine House built in 1788, possibly the oldest in the world

This scheduled monument was bought by the National Trust from the estate of Geoff Cox, a mining engineer who bought the site and the old mine in the 1960s, having recognised its importance for mining history and geology. With the support of Natural England, we succeeded in getting funding for repair work which is now underway.

Just some of the things we do

  • Ecton Engine House restoration
  • School group visits
  • Woodland coppicing
  • Landscape restoration
  • Events: walks, talks, meals and more
  • Shop / cafe
  • Accommodation
  • Gardening
  • Dry stone walling
  • Fencing

Tree safety work

Tree safety and chainsawing is a large part of our rangers' workload © John Millar

Tree safety and chainsawing is a large part of our rangers' workload

A large part of a Ranger's day-to-day work is using a chainsaw as part of their tree safety work, to remove any branches that obstruct roads or footpaths as well as ones that pose a danger to the public.

Gardening

Gardeners working in the flower beds at Ilam Hall © John Millar

Gardeners working in the flower beds at Ilam Hall

The Italian Gardens at Ilam Park need tending to make sure they are kep in excellent condition for our visitors to enjoy.

Catering and retail

Come and try one of our tasty cakes at the Manifold Tea Rooms © National Trust

Come and try one of our tasty cakes at the Manifold Tea Rooms

Our staff and volunteers work hard to make sure visitors can get a drink and something to eat on their journey round Ilam Park before visiting our lovely, well-stocked gift shop and having a look around the visitor centre.

Dry stone walling

Dry stone walls are an iconic image of the Peak District © John Millar

Dry stone walls are an iconic image of the Peak District

Building or rebuilding this iconic feature of the Peak District landscape is another part of the Ranger team's role.

Promoting

Our very enthusiastic team in the White Peak © National Trust

Our very enthusiastic team in the White Peak

Our team always work hard promoting our events. In this photo they were at the Tour of Britain telling people all about our own cycling event, The Hidden Peak Sportive, while supporting the cyclists.

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