"I am excited to be in this role to help our planet, as well as help empower locals who do not know where to start with these types of work or have a passion for the environment but need their voices heard."
Please meet Craig our new Park Ranger! Craig's joined the team to help improve our greenspaces, parks, and playgrounds and support our communities to build a network of like-minded people.
In his first blog Craig shares more about his job, and what he's looking forward to….
Hello my name is Craig and I have just started the role as a Park Ranger in the Environmental Services department. I use to be a volunteer with the Rangers, with the aid of The Conservation Volunteers with whom I used to work.
I started volunteering straight out of college where I was unsure what career I wished to pursue. However after helping out to improve local wildlife with various organisations across Worthing, Brighton and Arundel, I had my heart set on being a Ranger. I have now joined Adur and Worthing Councils as I wish to carry on the same sort of work that I carried out with these charities but on a permanent and wider remit.
I quickly learnt that the Rangers are very much at the public's disposal. We are here to be used by the 'friends of' groups, and help volunteers find their feet in how they can start improving their local parks and Greenspaces. We are here to take suggestions and help those wanting to see change, improvement or enhancement of what their community.
What seems to be overlooked in today's urban environment is the idea that we cannot make a difference due to our urbanised area, only those who live in the New Forest or those up in the Lake District can have such an impact on the environment.
This is untrue.
The local Greenspaces are just as important and can hold just as much activity. Each space can have its own mico-culture reflecting the community around it, however this can be discussed in a later blog. In the past week I have been installing memorial benches, discussing regression projects for some of Adur and Worthing's greenspaces, helping improve playgrounds, even help formulate new 'friends of' groups.
What I am most looking forward to in this role though is being able to help like-minded people improve their local areas and help to build a green corridor throughout Adur and Worthing.
I am also looking to be able to look back at the work that I do with pride and seeing the enhancements made to the local community and their Parks alike.
There are also some very exciting projects in the pipeline for the district which I am very happy to be on the forefront of.
I am excited to be in this role to help our planet, as well as help empower locals who do not know where to start with this type of work or have a passion for the environment but need their voices heard, I am here to help and aid those and build a network of like-minded people to support their communities.