After a three-month nationwide search, putting 25 hopeful finalists through their paces to see if they have what it takes, we are proud to introduce our first ever Rainforest Reporter!
Meet the winner
Twenty-eight-year-old Gareth Jones from Alderley Edge in Cheshire has won the opportunity of a lifetime, and will be heading off on an intrepid expedition to Gola Rainforest National Park in Sierra Leone this September.
Adventures in the rainforest
As the Rainforest Reporter, Gareth will see for himself the work that the RSPB and its Sierra Leonean partners have been doing to help protect the rainforest for future generations. He’ll get to work on community development projects to dig boreholes that will provide clean drinking water, set camera traps to monitor the rainforest wildlife, and join the education team to help raise environmental awareness in local schools, along with lots of other things.
Training with Ed
In preparation for his expedition, Gareth spent a day training with mentor Ed Stafford. Having completed an epic walk across the Amazon in 2010, Ed was the perfect person to prepare Gareth for his trip – passing on the skills and tips essential for surviving in the rainforest. Ed also advised Gareth on how to make the most of his rainforest trip, including looking out for the incredible wildlife.
Rainforest Reporter online
You will be able to follow Gareth and his amazing rainforest experiences through his rainforest blog, which launches towards the end of August – look out for daily posts, pictures and videos.