Introducing Guy Kent, Assistant Site Manager Langley Vale Wood and Surrey
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Guy Kent joined the estate team in January to help provide on-site management support to Langley Vale Wood, the largest of the Trust’s Centenary Woods in Epsom, and other sites in Surrey. 2020 will be a busy year for the First World War Centenary Wood with both a car park installation and 5,800m of pathways to be installed this year.
With much activity planned, we’re delighted to welcome Guy to the team, who not only brings his passion for nature conservation to the role, but also a wealth of practical experience having worked as a Ranger at Surrey Wildlife Trust for just over ten years.
Guy shares his story about how he arrived at the Woodland Trust below:
“Originally from Derby, I’ve lived in and around Kingston Upon Thames in SW London since moving south in 1989 to study at Kingston University. I studied Geology (BSc) and then Environmental Sciences (MSc) before embarking on a career in I.T.
After working in London office environments for 12 years, I longed to be outdoors pursuing something more in line with my interests! I made a career change in my late 30s, beginning with contract work as a field ecologist for several environmental consultancies, mostly working on bat surveys, reptile surveys and reptile translocation projects.
I joined the Surrey Wildlife Trust in 2008, initially as a volunteer trainee ranger, then as an assistant ranger, before becoming a countryside ranger responsible for managing a varied portfolio of nature reserves in Surrey. These included ancient woodland and chalk grassland sites on the North Downs including Sheepleas SSSI in West Horsley, and lowland heath mosaic site Whitmoor Common SSSI in Worplesdon.
Following the dissolution of their ranger service in 2017, I spent 7 months at Surrey Wildlife Trust’s farm at Wisley, working with the conservation and breeding herds of Belted Galloways, as well as their goats and sheep. More recently, I’ve been working with Walton Heath Golf Club to restore their lowland heath habitat on the non-playing areas of their courses.
Outside of my interests in nature conservation and Surrey’s countryside, I enjoy most sport (these days mostly watching rather playing!) and am a long suffering Derby County fan. I also spend far too much money on my music collection, with music being a life-long obsession!”
The South East Estate team is headed up by Estate Manager Charlotte Williams. The team consists of seven Site Managers and three assistant Site Managers covering 115 sites; approximately 3300 hectares of wood! The small team couldn’t operate without volunteer support, so we thank you for the time and expertise you give in helping to protect and preserve our woods.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more about your local woods and ways you can get involved.