17 August 2012

On the road

Whilst many National Trust colleagues work at one or two sites during the visitor season our  Recruiter Rangers Colin and Ian (normally found helping visitors at Tarn Hows) get around more than most! Here's Colin's year so far 'on the road' ...

Durng the Spring and Summer the Countryside Rangers and I hit the road and get involved with our country shows.

The display at Coniston Show

The diversity in the type of shows we attend keeps us all motivated and engaged, from country-themed Coniston show, to food-orientated Country Fest and seasonal Damson Day. In previous years we have attended over 30 shows during a season ranging from events such as vintage steam rallies, to marathons and sheep dog trials. Some of the highlights so far this year have included Holker Garden’s three day festival where we endured wind and rain on the Friday to glorious June sunshine on the Sunday. Always a popular and busy show it’s important for us to be involved, support the show and reach the public.

Ranger Colin enjoying the sun at Holker
Even though so far this summer has mostly brought rain, rain and a bit more rain it doesn’t dampen our spirits. We are still excited to take our Trust van around the area. With the colourful flags, informative leaflets and strong presence we aim to meet the public, maybe with a Ranger colleague demonstrating some traditional greenwood craft or countryside skill and helping to explain our part in helping conserve the Lakes.

Our colourful pop ups and flags at Holker
greenwood skills demo
Our ranger Richard demonstrating his greenwood working skills
The National Trust is about much more than just 'stately homes'. In the Lake District we own many traditional farms (let out to tenant farmers) and around 25% of the land in the National Park. By encouraging as many people as possible to join the National Trust we can ensure the funds that mean our work can continue (and as members they get free entry at all National Trust properties and car parks).

jumping at Hawkshead show
A previous Hawkshead show and sunny too!
 So don’t let this rainy summer dampen your spirits, our next outing is our 'local' show, the Hawkshead Agricultural Show on Tuesday 21st August. These shows are a great part of the farming tradition and the kids love the animals - come and visit us there.

post  | Colin Roving Recruiter
photos | Colin & Hawkshead Show