My name is Adam and I am a Trainee from Hampshire Futures and am volunteering here with Blackwater Valley in order to gain experience and skills for a prosperous career.
At Blackwater Valley I have learnt and exercised many new skills that will help me in the future for my career. Some of the skills I have learnt are strimming and shrub clearance. The Rangers have trained me on the strimmer as it can be a dangerous high powered tool.
Some more key skills I have learnt are fence erecting, fence dismantling, post erecting and tampering. I had the opportunity to lead one of these tasks as a student and it ended up very successful. In addition to this I have also assisted in using bigger machinery such as the chipper and tipping trailor.
In the near future I would like to become a ranger myself or get into the landscaping trade. The experience here has been a great stepping stone towards these goals.
Adam Drysdale Trainee