Meet the Team

Paul Ratcliffe, Ranger 

"I work on both sites however I spend the majority of my time at Queenswood dealing with the native woodland and the arboretum. Most of the work is for habitat management or visitor access, infrastructure and interpretation.

I particularly enjoy being able to respond directly to issues that arise on the sites, whether it’s a member of the public trying to find an individual adopted tree or organising and carrying out path repair work after storm damage."
 

Trevor Hulme, Ranger

"I divide my time between the two sites, tackling a range of habitat management and maintenance tasks, as well as getting involved with some interesting project initiatives. We always make time to discuss site management with visitors who express an interest, and lead guided walks on a range of topics.

Ecological monitoring is an aspect of the work I find particularly interesting. This contributes to national surveys and to our local knowledge as well as helping to guide decisions about site management."

Kate Broad, Engagement Officer

"I work as Engagement Officer here at Queenswood and Bodenham Lake, as well as helping run workshops and events around Herefordshire.
My background is in environmental education and as a Forest School Leader, working with children, adults and families.
I feel passionate about helping connect people of all ages with nature and wildlife."

 

Michael Mackinnon, Queenswood Shop & Event Supervisor

"I have a degree in zoology and have worked as a seashore biologist in Ireland, a Ranger on Lundy Island and a seabird Warden on the Farne Islands. I was a LEMUR trainee with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust before becoming Shop & Visitor Centre manager for Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in Tobermory. Before embarking on a career on conservation I worked at Woolworths for 12 years. I’m looking forward to combining my retail experience with my passion for nature in the exciting new shop at Queenswood Country Park."

Liz Bunney

"I have recently retired from the Forestry Commission, where I headed up the district learning team, and I am now working a few hours a week working at the Queenswood Country Park visitor centre and shop. It is wonderful to find out first hand from our many visitors how much they really love this site.

I have recently bought a small area of woodland in the Teme Valley (sorry, over the county boundary in Worcestershire!) and know I am working for the right organisation when it comes to gaining tips to ensure I manage it to benefit wildlife!"