A volunteer ranger has clocked up over one thousand days of volunteering and received recognition for 40 years of commitment to the Peak District National Park.
Geoff Truelove (83), from Glossop, completed his ranger training in 1979, and joined the conservation volunteers in August 1980. He has volunteered his free time during four weekend days every month, plus midweek days, since then.
Geoff remembers the first task he worked on: “It was building steps to the foot bridge over the River Wye, in Monsal Dale. The steps are still there and as good as ever.”
Although he worked full-time in the electricity supply industry, for the past 40 years Geoff has managed to fit in his shifts as a ranger and a supervisor to dedicate his spare time to helping look after Black Hill, Bleaklow and the Longdendale area, and help visitors appreciate the National Park landscape.
Over this time Geoff has taken part in literally hundreds of conservation activities including: planting trees, clearing Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam, creating a viewing platform at Monsal Head, and building two footbridges at Torside Reservoir working with the RAF and Concordia – an international youth group. He has also helped with Moors for the Future Partnership’s monitoring work – obtaining water samples and measurements for Manchester University on Bleaklow and Black Hill.
Geoff said: “I get heavily involved in all the activities and find it rewarding at the end of a task to know that it has been completed according to plan and is a job well done.”