I have been volunteering in the park from the 31st January 2013 at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre. I have gained and learned a lot from my time volunteering, such as carrying out a wide range of conservation and habitat management tasks to a high standard and learning to use a wide range of tools.
I have learned first-hand from the Countryside Rangers how important it is to protect our local wildlife. I have formed very close friendships with all the other volunteers which is great as we now spend time out with volunteering going on wildlife walks together. I am now the first Chair for the Greenock Cut Conservation Volunteers group, allowing me to work closer with the Rangers in planning tasks and applying for grants for the group to buy new tools.
As a result of my volunteering I realised that I wanted to be a Countryside Ranger and now have worked for the National Trust for Scotland and Clyde Muirshiel as a Seasonal Ranger, although I still volunteer on my days off with the Greenock Cut Conservation Volunteers. It’s great to volunteer as you meet like-minded people and learn so much about the countryside. I have found it has improved my physical health and mental wellbeing as well.