Working as a Centre Warden

“One of the best things about my job is the variety of things I get to do. One minute I’m teaching enthusiastic kids about the plants, animals and rocks that make the Bannau Brycheiniog the special place it is, and the next I’m helping visitors get the best from their time here, whether it’s half a day or a month or more.

All the Information staff here make it our business to know the Park inside out and back to front so that we can give visitors the best information and advice possible, and we’re always picking up new things from each other- and from visitors!

An important part of my job is also to make sure that the building is running as well as it could be. Yes, that’s everything from unblocking loos on a busy Sunday afternoon to topping up stock levels in our gift shop, and from making sure everything’s serviced when it should be to putting grit on the icy drive in winter!

Sometimes it takes a visitor’s “Wow!” comment on the view from our window to make me realise that we’re lucky to live and work somewhere like this, but we do all realise it really (Especially when there’s a dusting of snow on the Beacons, with clear blue skies above…)!

It’s lovely meeting kids that have been up to see us with their school- often from places very different in lots of ways to here, and have gone home so enthused about this area of open countryside we call a “National Park” that they’ve dragged their parents back in the school holidays!

It’s great to know our messages of conservation and sustainability have found a new home. It’s even better to hear the parents say they’ve actually enjoyed the trip too!”