The life of rangers in Aira Force and the Lakes
Thousands of you visit every year to enjoy the stunning and unspoilt landscape of the Lakes. Maintaining this landscape is an ongoing job for the region’s Rangers, to ensure that visitors can continue to enjoy it forever.
You wouldn’t think that trees take much managing, but they do.
Our Rangers work hard to protect our woodland and veteran trees as well as protecting you, by making sure that our woodland is safe for you to wander around freely.
Did you know that St Catherine’s wood in Windermere is home to some of the rarest moths in the UK?
From moths to badgers and birds to crayfish, the Lake District has lots of weird, wonderful and sometimes vulnerable nature and wildlife.
We aim to keep it that way, by working with other organisations to maintain our land as an environment that supports a rich diversity of life.
With nearly 14,000 hectares of valleys, lakes and fells in the Central & East Lakes it’s a pretty big back yard that our Rangers look after.
The landscape is rugged and largely looks after itself, with a little help from our grazing friends the Herdwick sheep.
However there’s always the odd branch that needs cutting back, grass that needs a trim or a hedge that needs laying to make sure pathways are accessible and clearly defined.
The sheer number of visitors to the Lake District leaves a mark on the landscape.
Over time, grass is compacted by feet and worn away, and if left unchecked erosion could pose a serious challenge to walkers.
Which is why we make repairing and maintaining the footpaths that snake their way across the countryside a priority.
Next time you’re out and about take note of all the gates, stiles, walls, fences and signs you come across, it’s likely that our Rangers have installed some of them.
We want you to have access to all of our wonderful countryside so we use this countryside furniture to provide access, keep you safe and help you along your way.