SPOTLIGHT ON: Nicky Scott, Project Manager for the ‘Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs’ project
There are a wide range of skills being used across the regional team and there is always someone to learn from and something to learn about. This month, we dig deeper to find out more about Nicky, new Project Manager for the ‘Lost Woods…‘ project, as she settles into her role.
“I began my career in horticulture and then returned to university as a mature student, completing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation with an emphasis on woodland ecology and management.
My career in conservation began with the (then) Corporation of London at Burnham Beeches and subsequent roles included project management within the countryside department at Surrey County Council and, most recently, as Lead Ranger with the National Trust in the Surrey Hills region.
My role at the Trust is Project Manager for the Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs, working with partners, landowners and communities across the Sussex Weald to create and restore woodland, enhance biodiversity, implement traditional woodland management and generate community opportunity and cohesion.
I am delighted to join the project and to be working with so many accomplished and enthusiastic individuals, which gives me the opportunity to continue to expand my knowledge. I am particularly looking forward to contributing towards the creation of corridors across the area that will link the existing woodlands and transform the landscape.
I have been fortunate to have travelled quite extensively, including in New Zealand where I was able to contribute to an amazing forest regeneration project on the Banks Peninsula. Much closer to home, I enjoy my daily walks with my dog amongst the yews at Newlands Corner and the fabulous old pollards in Albury Park. If I had to name my favorite species, it would be beech! 🙂 “
Thank you, Nicky, and we look forward to meeting you in the near future. Good luck!
Words: Nicky Scott, Project Manager (Lost Woods…) and Anna Claxton, Volunteer Development Officer (South East)
Pics: Nicky Scott