Hello! I’m Catrin! I have just started as a Countryside Management Professional Trainee at Gwynedd Council on Cynllun Yfory.
I am from an agricultural background and I enjoy helping out on the farm especially during lambing time. I also enjoy being outdoors hill walking and mountain biking. Being in the countryside, living on the farm and surrounded by nature and wildlife has given me the determination to care for all these things and this is why I studied Countryside Management at Harper Adams University in Shropshire. I graduated with a 2: 1 in September, 2019.
My course was four years long with a year out in the third year. In my third year, I was an Education Assistant at the Field Studies Council in Betws y Coed helping children of all ages learn about our environment.
After graduating I immediately started with the Snowdonia National Park Authority as a Foreshore Supervisor at Bala Lake and then went on to become a Seasonal Warden with some work in the tree nursery. I had a lot of experience working in the countryside installing stiles, maintaining paths and working with many landowners and traveling the National Park and Gwynedd providing trees for planting.
When my time with the Snowdonia National Park Authority came to an end I saw this great opportunity that Gwynedd Council was advertising. Without delay, I had applied and after a few steps I arrived on Cynllun Yfory. The opportunities are huge and now I can see the practical and written side of the work of Countryside Management and still discover unique places in Gwynedd with new paths to walk.
I will aim to become an expert in Public Rights of Way by the end of the scheme and I want to keep you all up to date with my adventures throughout the scheme by writing a blog at least once a month.
Bye for now!