Well it’s not goodbye just yet - Rowena Hargill

Area for heath restoration work at Eycott Hill © Ben Wolstencroft

So, my placement has come to an end but it has been the best nine months of my life. Where do I begin? I’ve had an amazing opportunity to learn so many new skills and meet so many new people through this placement.

Between working on the northern reserves with Kevin and the other staff, and working on my own projects and some certificates in working with children; this past year has been so jam packed I can’t believe it’s over!

I have learnt so much this year, through training courses such as Outdoor First Aid and my Chainsaw ticket (scary I know!), and just being around all the Cumbria Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers has taught me so much. They have taught me most importantly to believe in myself and that I can do anything as long as I put my mind to it, for example my education packs that I created for Eycott Hill, and all the volunteer days that I ran by myself. This has convinced me that conservation is where I want to be in life, especially teaching the younger generations.

But this isn’t goodbye just yet. I’m planning on still coming to Eycott Hill work parties, and I’m going to be working over this summer at the Discovery Day and other events. I can’t let go just yet, the sun is shining so it would be a shame not to go enjoy good company and good weather while hedge and plug planting this summer before I head off back to university.