Arran Heap

Assistant Project Officer

Arran began his time with City of Trees in November 2020 having graduated from Edge Hill University with a degree in Ecology and Conservation.

Alongside his degree, Arran was working at Gorse Hill Nature Reserve, running various surveys including the fledgling rate of European Tree Sparrows. Throughout his time at Edge Hill, Arran was interested in woodland management and canopy ecosystems, honing his practical skills at Gorse Hill while becoming accredited in Canopy Access through the University. He has also spent a summer working as a research assistant for Opwall, in Cusuco national park, Honduras.

Arran has jumped straight into his role as an Assistant Project Officer, helping at various school events and putting his tree ID skills to the test! He has always prioritised sharing his passion with others as well as the maintenance and enhancements of UK woodlands.  

Outside of work, Arran is a keen climber and is an active member of Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team and has been so for many years. He can often be seen wandering the Pennines with his dog Odin, a personal favourite of his being Fairsnape fell; this being how he found his passion for all things wild!

His favourite tree is the Lancastrian Whitebeam (Sorbus lancastriensis) which is endemic only to Lancashire and can be found nowhere else in the world! Found within the Morecambe bay region, its beautiful white flowers can be seen in late spring.