Saddlescombe Learning Barn: Meet the team

Saddlescombe Farm ranger team at the Estate office

Everyone has their specialisms in our learning team; whether it is landscape conservation, wildflower habitats, wild art or moth identification - we all come together to offer a wide range of activities for schools and community groups here at Saddlescombe.

To let you find out a little more about some of the learning team here at Saddlescombe, here are some details about our main team members and few details about their passions.

We have many more staff and volunteers who take part in our education and community events and activities, making your trip out with us unique to you.

Learning ranger identifying wild flowers
Ranger examining wild flowers in a chalk grassland landscape

Graham Wellfare, Community and Learning Ranger

Role: Main point of contact for bookings and activity leader
Expertise: Countryside management, conservation, and landscape history
 

“I enjoy sharing my passion for the countryside. Every time I go out there is some new wildlife to see here. I am especially interested in butterflies and orchids because they are awesome.”

Catherine from the Learning Team welcomes a school visit
National Trust ranger in the countryside

Catherine Cragg, Education Co-ordinator

Role: Planning and co-ordinating learning activities, and activity leader
Expertise: Mammal and bird ecology, outdoor learning and geography
 

“I love being outside in nature and discovering tracks and trails, using signs in the landscape to tell natures story. I always have my binocular on hand when out on my walks, and I am always thrilled to find an interesting new fungus on a cowpat.”

Sharing garden secrets with a visitor
Garden expert sharing garden secrets with a visitor

Anne-Marie Lucraft, Education Leader

Role: Planning learning activities and activity leader
Expertise: Creative storytelling, teaching, and plants
 

“My aptitude of all things creative especially artistry and writing is great for inspiring and encouraging the imaginations of children. I love making nature experiences into short stories and poems. Another passion of mine is the garden and the uses of different herbs.” 

Louise Buckley, Assistant Ranger

Role: Activity leader, as well as leading the Education Volunteer team
Expertise: Countryside management, archaeology, and Saddlescombe’s history

“Since I started working here at Saddlescombe I have immersed myself into the areas rich history from its long farming heritage to the legends of Devils Dyke. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and learning new skills, which is perfect for leading education events.”