Witney now has a Park Ranger.
The role is a new post, which has come about as a result of a review and restructure following the adoption of the ambitious Open Spaces Strategy.
Whilst the role will be primarily centered around the Lake and Country Park, the Council also has a significant tree stock which requires maintenance and future planning.
The Park Ranger role is also key to bringing fresh ideas forward to the Council to assist with meeting its objectives and aspirations.
Among the actions specified in the strategy are:
- Drawing up and adopting a comprehensive arboriculture plan;
- Identifying and implementing possible re-wilding areas;
- Preparing an improvement and upgrade plan for angling facilities at the Lake and Country Park;
- Preparing and adopting a comprehensive and improvement plan for the Country Park and Lake area.
Our ranger, Carl, will also be working to maintain and enhance existing habitats and promote safe use of the town’s open spaces. He comes to Witney Town Council with a lot of experience, having previously worked for Oxford City Council, where he was one of a team looking after more than 30 parks and green spaces covering more that a 1000 acres.
Carl is very friendly and approachable and feels strongly about an integration of conservation and recreation. He places importance on the provision of areas where everyone can get the best experience possible.
There is an opportunity to meet him at the lake on Saturday 20th August between 9am and 12 noon. Please come along and say hi. He would love to know what you think of the lake and meadows area.