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 closely with our Forestry Teams to protect our woodland and veteran trees as well as protecting you, by making sure that the woodland is safe for you to wander around freely.
Using methods to maintain diverse woodlands, our Rangers and forestry teams are ideally looking for a mixture of tree species and ages as this makes them more resilient to future threats, and increases their value for wildlife. They work with farm tenants to maintain wood pasture farming systems and deliver scrub and woodland planting schemes to help restore a beautiful, healthy natural environment.
Did you know that St Catherine’s wood in Windermere is home to one of the rarest moths in the UK… the Netted Carpet moth?
From moths to badgers, lichens to fungi, 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. We monitor our wildlife and take steps to protect it if the need arises during the course of our work.
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 often needs a helping hand to be maintained. Our native Herdwick sheep are often our best grazing friends, but there are a few things that they just can’t do.
Our Rangers handiwork can be seen at most National Trust properties; they cover everything from maintaining ancient stone walls and re-building gaps to laying hedges and trimming the grass to ensure pathways are accessible and clearly defined. In every task, harmonising with the special landscape we’re privileged to work in is key.
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.