The Carneddau Landscape Partnership Scheme gave me an excellent opportunity to start a career in the conservation department. I started my apprenticeship in July 2021, where I worked hand in hand with Snowdonia National Park on National Trust, and did a college course with Coleg Cambria.

I grew up in Bethesda, and my family’s history is from Bethesda so it is special for me to learn more about the heritage of the Carneddau and to be able to make a difference to the future of the Carneddau both in terms of nature and the local community.

By working with the Park I received forestry training e.g. scything, strimming, brushcutter, chipping wood and chainsaw, and much more including Dutch Leader Qualification. I was working for the Park on two tree nurseries, clearing vegetation, felling trees, planting trees and hedges. I had the opportunity to dig for neolithic axes above Llanfairfechan and help out on days where local school groups took part. I was able to use my Forest School training (I previously had an apprenticeship) to run sessions in local trees in Bethesda and teach children about nature and trees native to the Carneddau, as well as speaking on Radio Cymru, and being on S4C and Countryfile.

Carneddau Landscape Partnership's first Apprentice, Eleri Turner

Working with the national Trust I had the opportunity to work with volunteers clearing vegetation, planting trees and collecting seeds. Working with Ogwen’s keeper team I learned many useful skills for example how to wall and cement and correct use of tools and use machines in a safe way. I also helped set up a tree nursery for the trust.

The opportunity to be out on top of the Carneddau looking for locations that need peat restoration or areas to plant trees, to taking part in gathering the Ponies or make a report on the Chough is incredible.

At the end of my apprenticeship this July I received an offer to join the Snowdonia National Park forestry team and do another college course in the department. And then came an opportunity with the National Trust to work as a Keeper on the Carneddau and still as part of a scheme. So I went for it and have been able to continue working on projects I started during my apprenticeship as part of the Carneddau landscape scheme.

Podcast

Listen to the podcast below to understand the role that Eleri plays in the Carneddau Landscape Partnership Scheme now that her apprenticeship came to an end.

Sophie, Eleri and Ned's Podcast