Finding 30 fit figures

Published on: 31 Jul 2014

Do you love the Lakes and hanker after some dry stone walling, gate hanging, bridge building and path repair talents?

The search is on for 30 over 18 year-olds keen to hone skills in countryside and environmental work and gain some qualifications into the bargain.

Thanks to backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Lake District National Park is recruiting volunteers to work alongside staff in its hugely successful Fell Futures project.

Park management volunteering co-ordinator, Dylan Jackman, said the whole ethos of the apprenticeship scheme was to revive dwindling traditional skills and train the next generation of countryside workers.

He explained: "We want volunteers to work with our level three apprentices so they can learn together and support rangers in their widespread tasks. Alongside practical training, volunteers can go for formal qualifications in a range of widely recognised certificated courses.

"This is an exceptional opening for those keen to gain experience and accreditation in practical countryside management, or anyone just wanting to enjoy being out in the national park doing seriously useful manual work."

Dylan said that while experience was not necessary, reasonable levels of strength and fitness were needed to carry out some of the more demanding jobs.

He added: "Becoming a Fell Futures' volunteer is a great way to learn about the Lake District and support our work. It's a very important role and will bring invaluable experience and new opportunities."

Recruitment starts in September. To find out more, contact Dylan Jackman on or visit

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