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

Fantastic Flowers Summer Trail

Wed 01 Jun 2022
Soak up the vibrant colours and wonderful scents of Basildon's gardens on our latest trail.

Jubilee Celebrations: Big Picnic on the Lawn 2 - 5 June

Thu 02 Jun 2022
Celebrate the bank holiday weekend with family and friends at Basildon Park. Bring a picnic and while away an afternoon on the lawn outside of the house, with far reaching views over the parkland.

Jubilee Celebrations: Music on the Lawn

Sun 05 Jun 2022
Celebrate the end of the Platinum Jubilee weekend with live music in the evening sun.

Den Building Masterclass

Fri 29 Jul 2022
Get expert tips on how to build your own woodland shelter on one of our bookable den building sessions.