First female head ranger appointed to look after Northumberland National Park

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Northumberland National Park Authority has appointed Margaret Anderson as its first head ranger.

It follows the retirement of Paget Lazzari after 32 years with the National Park much of it spent maintaining, and working around Hadrian’s Wall.

Margaret has worked a number of roles at the National Park for 15 years, including administration, planning, and volunteer coordination, and has been a ranger since 2008.

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She will be responsible for the management of the ranger team, connecting and liaising with farmers, residents, and the public on the issues that affect them, as well as ensuring rights of way and visitor sites are safe and accessible.

Margaret Anderson is replacing Paget Lazzari as head ranger at Northumberland National ParkMargaret Anderson is replacing Paget Lazzari as head ranger at Northumberland National Park
Margaret Anderson is replacing Paget Lazzari as head ranger at Northumberland National Park

Additionally, she will be supporting the implementation of sustainable land management methods.

Margaret said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been given the job of head ranger. The Park has been a huge part of me my whole life, and I am excited to take it into its next


“As part of the National Park community myself, I know how important our landscape is, and I look forward to helping ensure that is protected and conserved for generations to come.

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Paget Lazzari is retiring.Paget Lazzari is retiring.
Paget Lazzari is retiring.

“I would like to thank Paget for his mentorship and invaluable knowledge and support for me. He is leaving rather big shoes to fill!”

Paget said: “I feel very privileged to have had a job like this. From starting as a seasonal warden, to a full time ranger, you learn your craft on the job, and I hope I have imparted that knowledge to the next generation of rangers.

“I wish Margaret the best of luck in her new role, it’s been great to see her role evolve during her time at the Park, and I’m leaving it in good hands.”

Tony Gates, chief executive of Northumberland National Park Authority said: “We are sad to say farewell to Paget, who has been a monumental figure and character for many in the Park over the years. We all owe him a great deal, and I don’t think anyone could replace his knowledge and passion for the Park.

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Margaret AndersonMargaret Anderson
Margaret Anderson

“We are thrilled to welcome Margaret into the role of Head Ranger and we’re sure her energy, enthusiasm, and love of Northumberland National Park will be a great asset for the future of the Park.”

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