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Honorary Warden, Charles Ackers Redwood Grove and Naylor Pinetum

Role description



The Charles Ackers Redwood Grove and Naylor Pinetum at Leighton in Powys is one of the largest and oldest coast redwood (Sequoia semperivens) stands in Europe. it is a unique and highly valued site.

The position of Honorary Warden is currently held by David Williams.  After more than 40 years of service, David has decided that he wishes to stand down. Gordon Griffiths, another member of the RFS North Wales Division, acts as Deputy Warden, providing support and cover. There will be an extensive handover between David and the the appointed volunteer.  A management plan is being prepared to guide forestry activities for the years ahead.



  • The RFS Chief Executive



  • This voluneer role is open to members of the Royal Forestry Society



  • Prepare an annual budget for the following year, to reach RFS headquarters by mid-August.
  • Send a monthly account of expenditure and income, itemising cheque amounts and numbers, and VAT numbers.  Prepare an annual summary by mid-December. 
  • With the deputy warden, forecast and initiate thinnings and other major forestry operations. 
  • With the deputy warden, manage the maintenance programme using contractors. 
  • Management of site safety including risk assessments for public visits and operations and maintenance activities. 
  • With the deputy warden, arrange and conduct guided tours for a wide variety of groups and individuals (currently in excess of 20 / year) on a range of topics and interests.  Deal with requests for information as far as possible. 
  • Liaise where necessary with other bodies (e.g. Landmark Trust, Natural Resources Wales).



  • Approximately 50 days / year (about half on site)
  • The appointment is for a period of three years renewable by mutual consent



  • Honorarium of £200 a year
  • Travel expenses reimbursed at RFS standard rates



  • Applications for this role should be sent by email to Simon Lloyd (
  • Applications should include a brief CV and covering letter/email stating how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role.
  • If you wish to explore the opportunity in more detail please call Simon Lloyd at the RFS HQ on 01295 678588.
  • The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020.
  • Short listed candidates will be invited to interview.