An Interview with our Area Ranger

Leo and Buddy

Our wonderful Area Ranger Leo covers a large area of land, including Basildon Park, Greys Court, Nuffield Place, and the Goring Gap sites. Read on to find out more about the work he does.

So Leo, what is an average week in the life of a ranger?

'Rangering is a multi faceted and varied role, and a typical week comprises duties as varied as writing management plans and applying for grants, through to maintaining machinery and carrying out woodland management. We lead volunteers, supervise contracts and deliver much of the work ourselves.'

That is very varied! What would you say is the highlight of your job?

'The variety is part of the enjoyment but if I had to pick one element I particularly enjoy conducting forestry operations. There is something rewarding about felling large, challenging trees, extracting the timber to use, then admiring the new glade fill with flowers and butterflies in spring.'

The land must change so much throughout the seasons - what is your favourite time of the year for a walk around Basildon Park?

'Basildon Park boasts no fewer than 15 native trees and shrubs and countless other exotics and conifers. The sheer variety of shapes, sizes and colours combine to create a breathtaking sight in autumn. The sunset over the park in November is worth capturing.'

Autumn light in November at Basildon Park
Basildon Sunset Tree
Autumn light in November at Basildon Park

To join a guided walk with Leo and to learn more how we manage our woodlands, book a ticket for £3 using the 'What's On' section below, or by calling 0344 249 1895.


Upcoming events

Wild Wanderer Trail 30 Sept - 24 Oct

Sat 23 Oct 2021
Can you leap as far as a Grey Squirrel? How many leaf nests can you make for our resident Dormice? Get to know nature at Basildon Park this Autumn with our Wild Wanderer Trail!

Winter Wreath Making Workshop

Fri 26 Nov 2021
Hand-craft your own natural festive decor with us at Basildon Park this Winter.

Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail at Basildon Park 4 Dec - 3 Jan

Sat 04 Dec 2021
This winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Basildon Park on the Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail.