The duties carried out by the Park’s Rangers are many and varied, covering recreation, conservation and access issues across our 2,000 acres. No two days are the same and whilst the team all have individual responsibilities they share common tasks and training.
Last week is a good example of how this works at QECP. Having recently introduced Dog Control Orders on Butser Hill the team had a day of training with the solicitor who advises all the Green Flag parks and open spaces, and the Blue Flag beaches in the Country.
The training was necessary for the Rangers to be able to tackle anti-social behaviour in general and specifically dog related issues. Fixed penalty fines are now an option and already the volume of waste placed in the bins has risen dramatically which is a very positive sign.
On a different subject altogether the old Advanced Orange mountain bike trail has been upgraded to a Forestry Commission classified Red Route. This has involved a great deal of work from the ranger team, and specifically Steve Maxwell who looks after the recreational side in the Park, and the ‘QE Collective’ which is a group of dedicated mountain bikers (see previous posts).
To ensure that this trail is safe and meets the Red criteria Ian Warby the Cyclists Touring Club (CTC) National Trail Designer came to the Park for the day to ride the route and report back. The image shows Steve along with Ian, a CTC colleague and Rupert Peddle from the QE Collective.
‘CTC is the UK’s largest cycling charity with the simple aim of inspiring and helping people to cycle and keep cycling’. More information on their web-site at www.ctc.org.uk
All the Park’s 22 miles of permissive trails are formally checked three times each year and any surfacing or vegetation problems dealt with accordingly by the Ranger team.