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Christmas holidays 'were not quiet time' for rangers

Posted 5 January 2012
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Christmas holidays 'were not quiet time' for rangers
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A National Trust ranger has described how the Christmas and new year holiday season was not a quiet time - despite many of the charity's properties in the area being closed.

Neil Winder, whose beat includes Grasmere and Langdale, told the Westmorland Gazette that he remained very busy.

Noting he has to start work at 08:00 GMT, Mr Winder stated: "Any day's urgent tasks can range from sorting out temporary traffic lights for wall-building work at the side of a road, to helping our forestry team deal with a fallen tree."

And work also involves liaising with volunteers connected with groups like footpath repair charity Fix the Fells - something that those who like to go walking wearing winter jackets may appreciate.

He noted that this week also included inspecting new walking routes in the woods at Allan Bank, one of the Trust's properties where visitors will be able to explore a bit more this year.

The National Trust was formed in 1895, with its purchases of Lake District land including the buying of 4,000 acres of the Monk Coniston Estate in 1929 thanks to Beatrix Potter donating money from the sale of her books. ADNFCR-2803-ID-801256873-ADNFCR