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Rangers don't have to be strangers

2 November 2006

From guided tours, to archaeological monitoring, to conserving the environment, to abseiling? It would seem the life of a ranger involves a lot more than stopping Yogi Bear from stealing visitor’s picnic baskets!

This weekend, the Holyrood Park Ranger Service is inviting visitors to drop in to the Education Centre within the park to discover all about the huge and varied role they play in protecting this beautiful site.

'Meet the Rangers' will take place on Sunday 5 November with visitors able to drop in any time between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

Nicola Taylor, Historic Scotland Countryside Ranger said: "We want to show people how varied and exciting it can be to work as a ranger.  No two days are the same, and there are always things going on. Outwith our daily patrols, we offer visitors of all ages an opportunity to learn about the history, wildlife and folklore of Holyrood Park and we often hold special events.  We work with many different groups and societies to ensure that not only are people educated regarding all aspects of the park, but also are inspired to protect it.

On Sunday, after we familiarise people with our role, we will encourage them to ask questions, which we will endeavour to answer regarding every aspect of what we do, and you never know, it may be enough to motivate the next generation of rangers into joining the team!"

Holyrood Park has been designated both a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which reflects its unique significance. Its dramatic crags and hills play an important part in Edinburgh’s well-recognised skyline, and it contains geological and archaeological treasures dating back thousands of years.  Holyrood is also a fantastic and important natural habitat for an extensive and diverse range of plant species and wildlife.

'Meet the Rangers' is on Sunday 5 November in the Holyrood Park Education Centre.  Visitors are welcome to ‘drop in’ from 1.00pm - 3.00pm.  Admission is free to this event.

Notes for editors
  • Holyrood Park is in Edinburgh, east of Holyrood Palace and Abbey.  To contact the ranger service, please tel. 0131 652 8150.

  • One of Edinburgh’s most famous and popular historic landmarks, Holyrood Park encompasses a 5-mile radius of land and has probably been a Royal Park since the 12th century.

  • Holyrood Park is in the care of Historic Scotland which is responsible for maintaining the natural environment and presenting the Park for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors.  The Ranger Service based at Holyrood cares for this unique historic and natural attraction and provides a range of important educational services.

  • Historic Scotland cares for 345 splendid historic sites throughout Scotland – from prehistoric dwellings and stone circles, to castles and palaces, abbeys and cathedrals.

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959