The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park won another fan recently, when the winner of a Hungarian Junior Ranger contest paid a visit as part of her prize.
A team of staff from three Hungarian parks including Gizi’s mentor Ranger from Körös Maros National Park travelled with her to the Pembrokeshire Coast, where Rangers from the National Park Authority showed off the area’s treasures.
The visit included National Park highlights such as a boat trip to Skomer Island and a guided walk around Bosherston Lakes i. The group also did hands-on activities including joining volunteers to clear scrub at a site near Portfield Gate.
Hungarian Junior Ranger of the Year Winner Gizi Janó (third from right) with (l-r): Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Ranger Haydn Garlick; Kiskunság National Park Directorate Head Ranger Tünde Ludnai; Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Ranger Manager Libby Taylor; Körös-Maros National Park Directorate Ranger Antal Szél; Körös-Maros National Park Directorate Director László Tirják and Hortobágyi National Park Directorate Director Gábor Szilágyi. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
Gizi Janó won the Junior Ranger of the Year competition organised by the Hortobágy National Park Directorate, aimed at 18 to 23-year-olds with an interest in a career in conservation.
Körös Maros National Park Junior Ranger Gizi said: “It has been really a great pleasure to visit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which has not only a beautiful landscape but is also full of historic sites.
“It was my first time in Wales but I have found the country even more beautiful than I thought. I’m a lucky person that I could participate in this beautiful trip. I couldn’t receive a better gift from the organisers of the Hungarian Junior Ranger Contest.”
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Ranger Manager Libby Taylor said: “It was interesting to discuss the differences between the National Park landscapes here in Wales compared with those in Hungary and to learn about some different management approaches.
Gábor Szilágyi, Director of the Hortobágy National Park, who visited with Gizi, added: “We have been impressed by the landscape, nature, history and culture of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, but most of all by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable colleagues in charge of the wise management of a protected area with so many stakeholders and interests.
“The landscape, nature, culture and ownership are very different here, but this provides an excellent opportunity to discover and learn for both parties.”