VIDEO: Promoting a budding career outdoors
Bury in Bloom is looking to promote more young people to consider a career in countryside management.
The charity’s coordinator, Melanie Lesser, inspired by a scheme from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), wants to actively encourage more youngsters to get involved with Bury in Bloom, as well as considering horticulture as a career path.
The RHS has recently filmed a video project to inspire those with a love of the outdoors to get into groundskeeping and gardening.
Will Hardy, 24, from Bury St Edmunds, has worked as a park ranger at Nowton Park for the past 12 months.
He said it is a great career for young people to get into as you never know what each day will bring.
He said: “The average day of a ranger is incredibly varied, you have no idea what you will be getting up to.
“Mainly it’s governed by the seasons.
“At the moment it’s winter so we are doing a lot of planting, we are taking deliveries of trees and that kind of thing.
“As the months progress we will be getting into mowing and cutting - we have our coppicing season, a lot of coppicing with hazel.
“It’s just very varied - the phone can ring and you will have to deal with another job elsewhere.
“I think one reason I love it so much is you can wake up in the morning and you have no idea - you can come up with a plan, you can come up with an agenda but it always goes by the wayside. I do enjoy that side of the work.
“I also enjoy that I think you are doing some good really -people get to enjoy and see your work. “It’s one of those jobs where you can step back at the end of the day and say ‘that’s what I have achieved’. Job satisfaction is very high.”
Will got into groundskeeping through volunteering after completing a university degree in geography.
“I have always had an interest in nature and the outdoors”, he said.
“I would go out for walks when I was a kid, I would be in the garden just messing around building dens, fishing, pine cone fights - you mess around but you begin to appreciate what is around you.
“After university I knew I wanted to work outdoors.
“In between working out what I wanted to do I did a lot of volunteering.
“I volunteered at Bradfield Woods which was great - I learnt a lot about coppicing, a lot about general woodland environments - that was fantastic. I used to go every Tuesday and Thursday and I loved it. That’s my main advice, volunteer.”
For the video interview with Will, visit www.buryfreepress.co.uk