Ranger role created thanks to Sid Vale Association

A VOLUNTEER trainee ranger position has been created for the second year running thanks to a partnership between the National Trust and the Sid Vale Association (SVA).

The trainee, who must be aged over 18 and live in the Sid Valley area, will get hands-on experience in practical land management work, community projects and public engagement; and will have the opportunity to gain relevant industry certificates.

The SVA, established in 1846 as a charity for conservation and heritage in the Sid Valley, relies heavily on the time and dedication of its volunteers.

Keith Owen Fund cash has been used to create the role.

The SVA’s Neville Staddon said: “Keith loved the countryside, in particular the unspoilt beauties of the Sid Valley, and it was one of his wishes that the fund should be used to support and encourage conservation in the countryside and promote voluntary work.

“The SVA volunteer groups will benefit from the knowledge gained by the trainee in preserving and maintaining land owned by the SVA in the future.”

The National Trust owns and manages 755 hectares of coast and countryside in East Devon.

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Sue Myers, ranger for East Devon, said: “This is a really great opportunity for someone with an interest in conservation and the local environment, and who is already living in the Sidmouth area, to gain training and experience whilst helping to conserve this beautiful area. We would like to thank the SVA for their support and the funding which has enabled us to offer this post.”

Anyone interested in the position can contact Sue on 01297 680507 or email sue.myers@nationaltrust.org.uk.

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