After moving from Bolton to Worksop with his family three years ago, Ben found that the biggest change in his life was the amount of greenery on his doorstep. He began visiting Creswell Crags on a daily basis where he realised he was passionate about nature and the environment. Ben then decided to enrol on the Level 3 Diploma in Countryside Management at College.

During his course Ben took part in the World Skills Fair, which took place in Birmingham in 2016, in the Environmental Science area. His team were given a task to invent a green plan for a made up country, this gave the team lots of experience and they received business cards from a representative of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for a reference.

The skills Ben acquired on his course were beneficial to him during his job interview and gave him the confidence he needed to succeed, Ben is now the Head Volunteer at Creswell Crags.

Ben said “My tutor, Geoff, taught me everything; before I came here a tree was just a tree, now I know almost every tree name and can identify them. Once I learn one thing I want to learn everything about it, I’m really passionate about saving the environment and getting involved as much as possible.”

“Once I learn one thing I want to learn everything about it, I’m really passionate about saving the environment and getting involved as much as possible.”

Ben Sofield
Level 3 Countryside Management

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