Prince’s Countryside Fund helps a Sussex resident gain important training

Rachel Knott, Prince's Countryside Fund 2014 with Mark Monk

Rachel Knott, Prince's Countryside Fund 2014 with Mark Monk - Credit: Archant

As part of The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s grant scheme, a young Sussex resident will gain invaluable training

Rachel Knott, aged 23, from Brighton has been chosen as Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Volunteer Assistant Reserves Officer thanks to a grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

Open to young people living in or close to Sussex, the one-year placement will enable Rachel to gain valuable skills and practical conservation experience to improve her employment prospects in the rural community. Rachel will work towards a Level 2 Diploma in Environmental Conservation and receive on-the-job training, learning skills including coppicing, scrub cutting, animal husbandry and livestock handling as well as off-road driving and first aid, all while working with the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Land Management Team. Rachel says of the scheme: “This is a wonderful opportunity to learn practical countryside management, gain valuable new skills and work towards my chainsaw licence. This training will be a great asset and afterwards I hope to find a job as a ranger or warden.”

Rachel found her previous experience volunteering as a Sussex Wildlife Trust Youth Ranger gave her invaluable experience in applying for this post.

• To find out more about Sussex Wildlife Trust, our conservation work and volunteering opportunities please visit• For more information about The Prince’s Countryside Fund please visit• The public can make a donation online at Virgin Giving at the Post Office or by text. Text PCF to 70300 and a £3 donation will be made to The Prince’s Countryside Fund


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