High Weald

Charlotte GardenerCharlotte Gardener
Meadow Makers Trainee 
Charlotte has joined the High Weald AONB team for a six-month traineeship. She is one of only six trainees appointed as part of a new 'Meadow Makers' project in partnership with Plantlife, which will support young people as meadows advisers and researchers and restore meadows across the UK using natural methods.

Charlotte grew up in Kent on the doorstep of the Kent Downs, establishing a strong attachment to the natural world from a young age. An interest in the historical relationships between people and the natural landscape led Charlotte to study Archaeology at the University of York. Upon graduation she volunteered for wildlife education charities before taking on a post at the Natural History Museum in London. Charlotte then moved to the Scottish Highlands to work as an Environmental Education Officer, where she enjoyed sharing her passion for looking after the beautiful natural landscapes to a wide range of ages.

Through her MSc in Conservation Project Management, she explored methods to monitor the effects of ecosystem restoration to maximise biodiversity and productivity in a cultural landscape. These interests have led her to the High Weald AONB where she feels privileged to learn from the expertise of her colleagues and partner organisations.

Charlotte is a keen walker and always looking to explore new areas of the countryside. She also loves to paint and is usually looking for new inspiration outdoors for her wildlife watercolours.
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