Lauren Holt has started this week as the new Ranger Volunteer Coordinator with the Mendip Hills AONB Unit.
This role is the first point of contact for all our Volunteer Rangers as well as organising and leading all the practical tasks which take place every other Wednesday. Lauren will also lead our Young Ranger scheme. She is part of the core team working full time with the rest of the Unit based at Charterhouse Centre.
The AONB Unit has had volunteer coordinators in the past but only on a part-time basis. This has limited the unit’s ability to increase the opportunities for volunteers in line with the demand. Lauren is building on the excellent legacy they achieved. In 2017 there were 3700 hours given by volunteers to help protect the Mendip Hills AONB, but that rose to 4500 in 2018.
Lauren said, ‘It’s a real privilege to take up this role and be a part of the amazing work done by volunteers on the Mendip Hills for many years. I’ve been volunteering with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and appreciate what it means to be a volunteer and the huge variety of reasons people give up their time. To take up this permanent role with the AONB Unit and act as the focal point for the volunteers is very exciting. I’m looking forward to getting out there meeting them all and the other land managers and owners that we help.’
If you’d like to find out more about all the different volunteering opportunities or contact Lauren please visit