Who's who in the New Forest

Photo of the New Forest ranger team

Our New Forest countryside team all work hard to conserve and protect the special lowland heathland habitats of our commons. If you see us out and about please come and say hello, we love meeting people enjoying our commons and are more than happy to answers any questions, or just have a chat.

Dylan Everett – Countryside Manager

Our countryside manager is responsible for the overall management of our New Forest Commons as part of the Mottisfont portfolio. He works with the local commoners, who turn out live stock on our commons, to formulate grazing agreements and supervises our Forest operations. Dylan also manages the countryside team at Mottisfont.

Lee Hulin – Lead Ranger

Lee is in charge of ensuring we meet our Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) targets. These targets are laid out by Natural England and involve maintaining and improving our commons in the New Forest for lowland heathland habitats. This involves organising contractor work, writing management plans and line managing our two countryside rangers, Dave and Mike.

Jake White – Area Ranger

Jake leads our volunteer groups in the New Forest. It’s his job to ensure our volunteers are well looked after, have lots of interesting opportunities to get involved and are kept in tea and biscuits! He is also responsible for our ecological survey and reporting work, which helps inform Lee’s HLS delivery work.

Jen Sutton – Community Ranger

Jen is the key contact for the National Trust in the New Forest. Her job involves informing and involving people that live locally to our commons. This involves organising events, writing a local newsletter and working with lots of different Forest stakeholders to ensure everyone is kept informed about our work. Jen is also the project manager for Foxbury’s Heritage Lottery Funded project.

Dave Johnson and Michael Handley – Countryside Rangers

Dave and Mike are our guys on the ground, implementing much of the practical conservation and maintenance work that is required on our commons. This can involve maintaining culverts, fence lines, gates and felling trees to support our conservation habitat management.