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12/06/24

Thank you and Congratulations, Park Ranger Simon

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Most of our volunteers will know who Park Ranger Simon is, not only has he been one of our park rangers for the last 3 years since the launch of the Nottingham, Green Guardians in 2021, but he has worked as a Park Ranger at Nottingham City Council since 2007.

The Park Ranger programme has changed over the years with both changing objectives and a variety of managers but the passion and enthusiasm for improving and maintaining greenspace for wildlife has been at the heart of Simons work throughout the years.

Simon, however, is coming to the end of his working career with us and is due to retire this summer. Not only do we at the Green Guardians know what a huge loss this will be to the greenspace team and our volutneers but so do others who have worked with him over the years.

Photo of volunteers at Sellers Wood Nature Reserve, taken by NGG volunteer NickiK

There is definitely going to be a big hole in your team and some very big wellie boots to fill!” NWT’s City Local Group

Partnership working with Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trusts” City Local Group and the Friends of Sunrise Hill Nature Reserve at Sunrise Hill Nature Reserve

“It has been a joy working with Ranger Simon and learning more about wildlife and conservation in Nottingham. You are a fountain of knowledge, and the city has been very lucky to have you for such a long time! Keep getting your boots muddy and chasing butterflies!!” Sophia, Greenspace Development Officer.

Simon with Biodiversity Offier and volunteers for the Nottingham Corcus Project

Simon’s favourite thing about being a Park Ranger is simply being outside, and although we can sometimes be a little bit jealous of his ability to find wildlife wonders at almost any site it doesn’t mean that being a Park Ranger is in any way easy. In Nottingham City there are over 50 wildlife sites and nature reserves that need looking after and the management of a selection of these sites are completely almost entirely by the small park ranger team and volunteers.

Simons favourite current site is Sellers Wood Nature Reserve, near Bulwell because of the variety of species that can be found there including three types of orchid in the meadow area and the diverse woodland.

“You don’t have to know anything about nature, but you just should enjoy it for what it is.” Simon, Park Ranger

Simon teaching archery at the Seaford Avenue Park opening celebration in summer 2022

Over the years Simon has eithe led or co-led sessions which have totalled a whopping 487,921 hours engaging with th public, whether this be running sessions for children and young people, members of the public, volunteers and local businesses.

We know that replacing Simon’s expertise, enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge will be a tough task, but we are determined as a team to continue to support residents to help make Nottingham Greener, Happier and Healthier through volunteering sessions or helping you to engage with nature through regular wildlife-based walks.

If you think you can (at least partially) fill Simon’s metaphorical wellies, then why not follow this link , check out the job description and apply (before 1st July 2024)

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