"My dad was a warden for the National Trust, so I was very used to going out with him at weekends. I just used to see him going out driving the Landrovers, driving the tractors, and at that age it just looked so excited, I decided that's what I wanted to be."
Like his father before him Joe has spent most of his working life with the National Trust, first as a volunteer in Gloucestershire and then as the Combe Hill ranger. Over this time Joe has developed specific skills in the conservation of chalk grasslands and more generally in scrub management. A key objective at Hughenden for him is to restore a healthy, beautiful, natural environment and thereby encourage the local wildlife to thrive. Already Joe has started to carry out a survey of farmland birds and is in discussion with the Chiltern conservation board to improve hedge row habitats.