I’m Emma Wilson, the new Volunteering and Access Officer for the Northumberland Coast AONB, and I manage our team of Coast Care volunteers. I am indeed privileged, as they are an exceptional group of people who give up their valued time and each bring their unique skills, ideas and experience to the Coast Care community. They support us to protect, preserve, and improve this beautiful area in which we live.
I’m a proud Northumbrian and since I was a young child, I’ve explored the beaches, the nooks and crannies, the rivers and the rock pools of our stunning county. I’m a keen walker and kayaker, and I enjoy seeing the coastline from the water. The diversity of our shorebirds, marine and wildlife never ceases to hold me in awe.
Professionally, I’ve enjoyed a career in Education and Skills spanning 22 years. During that time, I’ve led and mentored groups of young people on enriching educational and activity-based trips both abroad and locally. I’ve supported engagement in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, cycling trips and water-based challenges, together creating the most memorable experiences.
I’ve always been keen to encourage people to connect with nature, not only for proven wellbeing and educational benefits, but to ignite a sense of adventure and most importantly, to nurture future naturalists and conservationists, who are much needed in our changing world.
I’m a contributor to the Country Parks team, supporting the nature reserve, woodland and lake maintenance, accessibility, beach health, events and visitor information in respect to the country code.
They say ‘we are a sum of our experiences’, so it’s no wonder my path has led me here, to the Northumberland Coast AONB team!
My goal for the year ahead is to continue to build positive community and inter-agency relationships, to identify and support the delivery of varied and enriching projects to the advantage of conserving our coastline and heritage, but also to bring a sense of achievement and belonging to our volunteers. I want to welcome new people and to create inclusive and accessible opportunities for all ages and abilities, and to re-ignite our Young Rangers community.
See you at the beach!