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Park Rangers

Our team of Park Rangers at Adur & Worthing Councils maintain our parks and open spaces, working with green space volunteer community groups across Adur and Worthing helping them with various projects and supporting them in developing their groups, working to enable communities in Adur and Worthing to improve their health and wellbeing.

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7th April 2021: How we're working to re-establish our much-loved woodland areas

Park Ranger - Craig Ifield

Hi - my name is Craig and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team.

As Spring comes into full flow and the bulbs, flowers and trees start to bud, it means the planting season has drawn to a close. Now, we can start looking at what to plant, and where, for the next season.

At this time of year we can see the change in the landscape that has been made by local communities, it is also a great time to highlight what more can be done, and the need for more community groups to help.

This year has been the first year in which we have tackled and started to fight back against Ash Dieback, a disease that is said to kill off some 80-97% of all Ash trees. Ash is a pioneer species, meaning it is always one of the first in England to take hold, and can outcompete other native trees.

It is a wonderful tree with many properties, such as being the tree with the lowest water content in England. It is easily identified by its black buds and light green leaves. Many of our sites will be changed forever due to this fungus. You may have seen the removal of the trees over the last few months and the works being carried out.

The Rangers have worked alongside the Arbitsits Team, as well as the South Downs National Park, in planting these woodlands with a wide variety of native woodlands species including Hazel, Whitebeam, Bird Cherry, Oak, Hornbeam, Beech, Small Leaf Lime and Field Maple, which will create a defined woodland and for natural characteristics to develop.

We have planted some 2,000-2,500 trees in the three main areas affected, including Lancing Ring, Sheeps Coomb and The Gallops in Findon Valley. Many of the trees will really start to change the landscape in the next 15 years, however the true woodland will not be fully redeveloped until about 150 years.

Photo: An area of replanted trees

2021-04-27 - An area of replanted trees

We have used plugs and bareroots trees that are 2-3 years old, using these in wooded areas is the best way for a woodland to be reestablished. They can compete more easily with other trees when roots are small and can find alternative channels for their nutrients. However, when planting trees of this size, we do expect to lose a third of them. We have 2,000 more saplings on stand-by for next season to replace the ones that we lose. We have also overplanted in areas to combat this.

It's also important to note that there is already a resistant seed against the fungus that is being germinated and looked after, but again due to the simple nature of the loss and the time nature takes, this will not be effective for many years and results will not really be seen in our lifetimes.

We will be making regular checks of these trees to see how they are doing, I am however also asking all walkers, hikers, cyclists and dog walkers to please report any trees found damaged, including guards and stakes to:

Help us protect these trees and allow for these woodlands to thrive and be a source of wonderment for the next generations.

Photo: Ash trees

2021-04-27 - Ash Trees (Pixabay - 329314)

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31st March 2021: Call for volunteers who want to help improve the parks and green spaces across the area

Anthony Read, Head Ranger

Hi - my name is Anthony and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team. I am the Head Ranger for Adur and Worthing Councils.

Over the last five weeks, my team have each written a blog explaining their roles and the work that the Rangers have been doing. We will all continue to do this on a weekly basis, taking it in turns to keep you updated on all the great work we do - but more importantly - the amazing work that all of the volunteers and friends groups do, on the parks and green spaces we all love.

The Park Rangers have quite a large remit of work, but our main task is to maintain and improve the green spaces across Adur and Worthing. One of the best ways to do this is by working with community groups, volunteers and friends groups to help local communities get as much out of their green spaces as possible.

On this note, if you are interested in volunteering or helping to improve a park or green space in Adur or Worthing, then please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help facilitate this.

Below is a map of the wider area, showing you the patches each Ranger covers. They will be the person to get in touch with regarding any park or green space within their patch.

2021-03-31 - Park Ranger areas in Adur and Worthing

  1. 1 - Anthony Read
  2. 2 - Adam Scott
  3. 3 - Graeme Brooker
  4. 4 - Craig Ifield
  5. 5 - Keith Walder

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I cannot emphasise enough the difference that can be made to a green space when the community gets involved, and we have had many successes so far. These partnerships are great to be involved with, so if you happen to see any of the team out and about working on a green space, come and have a chat - and you never know, you might be able to make a difference to your community.

If you would like to volunteer, please email environmentalservices@adur-worthing.gov.uk

2020-12-16 - Friends of up the hills

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24th March 2021: How the Park Rangers are encouraging biodiversity in Shoreham's Buckingham Park

Park Ranger - Keith Walder

Hi - my name is Keith and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team. I am the Park Ranger for the Adur District, east of the River Adur

The largest park in my area is Buckingham Park, in Shoreham. The site was part of the grounds of Buckingham House - which served as an army camp during the First World War and became a Council-owned park in 1931.

Most of the park has amenity grass, which is not great for biodiversity. It is usually smaller and lower growing. Biodiversity is the word we use to describe the variety of living things on Earth - from mammals, to birds, to plants and invertebrates, and the habitats they live in. A healthy ecosystem will be able to sustain a wide variety of life.

With this in mind, at Buckingham Park we are not mowing certain areas of grass, which should be beneficial for small mammals and insects, and in turn birds, all of which can enjoy taller grass. We have planted wildflower beds, because a good variety of flowering plants supports more nectar-feeding insects, than grass alone.

Thousands of bulbs have also been planted to help to encourage pollinators along. A third of the world's food that is consumed by humans, is pollinated by insects, so they play a hugely important role.

There is an apiary on the site with three beehives. Each hive is made up mainly of workers, one queen bee, and the rest are drones (males). More bug hotels will be installed around the park to encourage other pollinators, solitary bees, hoverflies and so on to visit.

Fortunately in Buckingham Park we have some wooded areas. Leaving dead wood on the ground is important when it comes to increasing biodiversity. Many organisms feed on and recycle the dead remains of other life, into soil nutrition. More new trees have been and will be planted throughout the site, which will be beneficial to the wildlife and carbon absorption.

We have also been working with community group Apron group to build the new community garden inside Buckingham Park. The range of different flowers and vegetables inside it, among other things, will be good for the local community and the wildlife.

These are just some of the measures being put in place to help increase the biodiversity in the park. It's something we're trying to do across all of our parks and open spaces - because it's not just us humans who enjoy and appreciate them.

Photo: Wildflowers in Buckingham Park, Shoreham

2021-03-24 - Wildflowers in Buckingham Park, Shoreham

Photo: Buckingham Park, Shoreham

2021-03-24 - Buckingham Park, Shoreham

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17th March 2021: Growing your own fruit and veg - good for the mind and the body

Park Ranger - Emily Ford

Hi - my name is Emily and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team.

This week, with the weather turning more Spring-like, it's time to start thinking about planting this year's crops, for early harvest. Some great seeds to plant now are broad beans, carrots, salad leaves and sorrel - among many others.

A good way to start growing your own fruit and vegetables is by having a dedicated allotment area. Across Adur and Worthing there are 22 allotment sites, all containing plots, which are five or ten rods in size.

Besides the obvious benefit which is that allotments help to provide homegrown, organic and sustainable produce, there are also more hidden benefits, such as the improvement of physical health.

Working on an allotment and gardening in general is a great way to be active. It's also good for mental health as it increases your general sense of wellbeing and reduces loneliness if you're working in a shared allotment space.

If you are interested in getting an allotment in the area, you can find out more online, where you can join waitlists and fill out application forms.

While you wait for one, there are some great ways to get started growing your own produce, such as creating a small vegetable bed in your garden - or a window box for those without gardens. Various fruits and vegetables do well in window boxes, like tomatoes, radishes and even strawberries.

Or, you could join a community garden when lockdown eases and learn how to grow different types of produce, participate in the different gardening activities and become part of a community.

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2021-03-17 - Tomatoes (Pixabay - 3713753)

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10th March 2021: Fighting the war on surface weed at Northbrook Pond

Hi - my name is Graeme and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team.

This week I'm looking at the war on the 'fairy moss' which is covering a Worthing pond - and the tiny insects we will be using to get rid of it.

I'm fortunate that my 'patch' includes several green spaces that fall within the South Downs National Park and also includes some of our local ponds. One of these ponds is Northbrook Pond in Durrington, the fragmented remains of a much larger farm pond, next to David Lloyd Leisure Club.

If you have been able to visit the pond over the past few summers you will have seen that it has been completely blanketed by surface weed. At first glance you might think the surface of the pond is covered in 'duckweed', but the culprit appears to be the more destructive North American Water Fern (Azolla feliculoides) also known as 'fairy moss'.

It's an invasive species originally sold for use in garden ponds, but now banned from sale in the UK. It's now found in many natural watercourses and is capable of doubling in size every four to five days, covering the water surface with a layer of weed up to 20cms deep. It blocks out all light and de-oxygenates the water, resulting in loss of native flora and fauna.

The Rangers Team have been looking at ways of removing this weed and restoring the pond. It's impossible to remove by hand, as every single piece of weed would need to be removed and the plant produces spores, which would quickly re-grow.

There is one licensed herbicide for use in the UK, but this is not an option as this would also destroy other valuable species - so what is the answer?

The solution is a biological control in the shape of a tiny 2mm insect. In its native America, the water fern is the food plant of the weevil (Stenopelmus rufinas). Research has shown that the weevils are capable of clearing an overgrown pond over the course of a season, and in addition they do not cause harm to any other plants.

So this Spring, if you see the Rangers crawling around Northbrook Pond with boxes of bugs, come over and say hello and hopefully we can show you our secret weapon in the war on the fairy moss.

2021-03-10 - Weevil (Pixabay - 560770)

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3rd March 2021: Five benefits of exercising outside in our parks and public spaces

Park Ranger - Adam Scott

Hi - my name is Adam and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team.

This week I'm looking at the benefits of getting back outside to exercise during the lighter evenings, and as Government restrictions are set to ease over the Spring and Summer ...

I really enjoy trying to make the experiences people have in our parks and open spaces good ones, whether that's working with community groups to improve them, or consulting the public about new ideas and equipment that we can provide to enhance peoples' quality of life in our local area.

Exercising during the pandemic has been tricky with gyms being closed, other lockdown restrictions, and the weather being uninviting at best - so it's been hard at times to want to take that step outside. But with Spring just around the corner and glimpses of warmer weather, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

From 8th March 2021, people will be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person outside their household.

With that in mind here are five reasons to be excited about getting back outside in the fresh air, and getting fit and healthy, ready for the summer:

  • Lower blood pressure and reduced stress levels: Studies have shown that physical activity outdoors lowers a person's blood pressure and heart rate. As a result, exercise outdoors feels less strenuous than similar exercise indoors.
  • Help with insomnia: When you exercise outdoors, you get fresh air which often helps to alleviate insomnia. Regular exercise and fresh air can help you to fall asleep faster and also improve the quality of your sleep.
  • Sunshine: While training outdoors you can also enjoy the benefits of sunshine, which causes our bodies to produce Vitamin D. This Vitamin has multiple roles, including promoting healthy bones and teeth and supporting lung function and cardiovascular health.
  • It's free: Outdoor workouts are often completely free of charge. You can use parks, public spaces, outdoor gyms and ball courts without spending a penny.
  • You can try something new: Take your workout to a new level and try something new. Create a whole new routine or try new activities such as Yoga or a calisthenics workout.

Worthing Borough Council is investing in the Windsor Lawns outside gym equipment - but we need your help.

We are carrying out an online survey to help us decide what type of equipment the community would like installed. Whether it's more calisthenics or traditional outdoor gym equipment, an area to do ground workouts with dedicated graphics to enhance the experience.

Have your say:

Photo: Visitors to Goring seafront taking a walk at sunset

2021-03-03 - Goring seafront at sunset

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24th February 2021: Almost 50 new trees will be planted in Brooklands Park - here are the benefits

Park Ranger - Craig Ifield

Hi - my name is Craig and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team.

This week I would like to take the opportunity to highlight the work that will be taking place at Brooklands Park as of next week. We will be undertaking the planting of 46 trees along the fence that is shared with Western Road, adding a variation of trees that will provide the park with more shelter, colour and wildlife.

These trees will contend with pollution, strong winds and salt water as well as a varied soil quality - but we are confident these magnificent organisms are up to the test and will act as safe havens for local wildlife.

Because of the location at which these trees are to be planted, they will also act as sound barriers and will block the noise and pollution from the busy Western Road, and the industrial estate. In order for these to make an impact right away we have chosen large, standard trees - some being 80 litre root balls. It will still take time for the trees to reach their full beneficial potential, however as the years go by they will filter the air and absorb carbon from the surrounding area.

2021-02-24 - Trees ready for planting

The tree-planting work will be carried out by the Rangers team. We will be social distancing, and working only with Friends of Brooklands Committee members. We are sorry that no one else can help, as I know many others are keen to help us with these projects, but there will be more opportunities at later dates - so please contact the Friends of Brooklands to be kept up to date with calls for help when the time is right.

These trees are just a small number of trees that allow for there to be a connecting patch work across the Adur and Worthing area. Brooklands, in terms of ecology, plays a huge role in linking the coastline to the South Downs, and we work closely with Sompting Parish Council and Sompting Estates to ensure these patch works work cohesively and have the maximum ecological impact.

If you are interested in helping in future projects or wish to carry out your own tree planting next season, please contact the Park Rangers or for Brooklands specifically, contact the Friends of Brooklands.

See also: How to become a tree warden - on our SpringForward page

2021-02-24 - Trees waiting to be planted

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17th February 2021: The importance of bird boxes for wildlife over Spring and throughout Winter

Park Ranger - Craig Ifield

Hi - my name is Craig and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team.

This week I'd like to highlight the excellent work done by the 'Friends of Brooklands', who are helping to transform Brooklands Park in their own way helping to work inside and outside of Adur & Worthing Councils' Brookland Park Masterplan.

The group has been active for some time now and have conducted various activities, from Halloween events in the amphitheater, to maintenance of the park, to planting trees as well as seeding the wildflower meadow. They have remained active during these difficult times we all are facing, and have led their own project involving gaining bird boxes for the site, along with well feeders. They have around 58 boxes that they and the Rangers will put up. I would like to thank the Men in Sheds Lancing and Sompting group for making the boxes for us, and Worthing Birding and Wildlife Group for bringing the idea forward.

2021-02-17 - Bird boxes and feeders

As we start to welcome Spring, now is the time for homes for birds and bats to be built and put up. There is never a shortage of small birds, in particular robins and various song birds, at Brooklands Park. Once the new boxes are up, we will be sharing maps and information on where they are, and creating a trail to allow visitors to wander the park and spot the varied birds that inhabit it.

These boxes will provide a home for many mating birds, and for young chicks to thrive in before they are ready to make their own way into the world. They will act as a shelter for the many birds that may struggle to build a nest, or those seeking shelter. The boxes act as replacements for holes in trees that many small birds such as robins, would otherwise nest in. They may also bring in more birds to the site, as where there is an abundance of food and shelter wildlife thrives.

There are many other functions to these boxes other than just allowing for the fletching of chicks. Some species of bird lose 78 per cent of their numbers during the winter months, and these types of boxes, even if just used for a few days or which act as temporary shelter, help birds fight back against these losses. The boxes allow more time for birds to roost, helping them to keep warm in the winter and be protecting them from predators.

Another thing to note is that when these boxes are up you may see different types of behaviour from the different birds that wish to use them. Many variations of the tit family will be seen hovering around the entrance or pecking away. This is not necessarily the bird taking much interest in the box, but usually means a male is showing off and trying to attract a female. Nuthatches often enlarge the entrance then refill it to their liking with mud, making it the perfect fit just for them.

If you see some of the Friends of Brooklands or the Rangers out this week putting up boxes please do not be alarmed, and please do not remove them or tamper with them. Each box is being placed in an area and place best suited for the bird type that they are built for, maximising their impact.

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2021-02-17 - Bird boxes

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3rd February 2021: Looking after our playgrounds

Park Ranger - Craig Ifield

Hi - my name is Craig and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team.

One of the biggest aspects of the Rangers role is looking after the 42 playgrounds across Adur and Worthing. Our team is trained in routine and operational inspections, and we inspect all playgrounds once a week for any dangers that may be present - ensuring they are within health and safety guidelines and meet the set criteria.

This is a crucial part of our role, and due to dealing with different equipment for different ages, it can be tricky to ensure it all meets the standards which have been changing since the 1950s. Physical safety is important for children's wellbeing.

We also know that playing is linked to children's mental wellbeing. It is integrated into society and included in children's general learning. Play allows for creative thinking as well as problem solving. The simple act of play increases positive engagement, enjoyment and satisfaction as well as revitalisation.

Various studies have shown time and time again that playing allows children to create their own solution when faced with a problem. Something as simple as how to get from A to B on a climbing frame - it is their choice. This solving may seem very basic, but there is cognitive thinking taking place, which links to academic problem solving.

Physical play is also linked, with no surprise, to physical wellbeing and development. Play can be a form of exercise for children, 20 minutes a day allows for healthy development. Children can also get their source of vitamin D by playing outside, which helps to build the immune system and reduces depression and anxiety. This simple act of playing outdoors has also been linked to decreased confusion and anger.

Another benefit, which is much needed right now, is that it means children can release pent-up energy, tensions and frustrations. This allows for more focus in classes including home-schooling classes. It also sends signals through the brain that creates a calmer mindset.

The Green Mind Theory links being outdoors to reducing stress and anxiety. It sends reactions through the body to make you happier and means you are more engaged with what is in front of you, so in a sense you are switching off from the stresses in life for a moment.

I know that's difficult to do right now with limited time outdoors, but I hope this means we appreciate the time we do have outside more. Utilise the opportunities you get to their full potential.

When using playgrounds, practise social distancing and use hand sanitiser. They are not the only place that play can take place, so use the wonderful green spaces across Adur and Worthing and allow children to create their own games.

2021-02-03 - Playground swing (Pixabay - 1188132)

2021-02-03 - Children running on a path in a park (Pixabay - 5630669)

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27th January 2021: Coppicing

Park Ranger - Craig Ifield

Hi - my name is Craig and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team.

This week the Rangers were able to carry out the last coppicing of the season. It's been a strange season, as there's only been a short window of time to carry out these essential works for the managed sites, which is a clear sign that climate change is happening. Leaves and nesting did not stop until late September, with leaves and budding already appearing in December and January.

This short season has been problematic for birdlife and getting the work carried out. However, this wonderful ancient management tool never fails to amaze me with how important it is and what wildlife it encourages for its inhabitants.

We sorted old stools, cutting them to prevent them rotting through as well as clearing areas that are well out of their usable rotation. Coppicing is all about having usable timber, usually on a seven year rotation, so having a stool that is older than 12 years growth is pointless.

The stool itself can be hundreds of years old, but it's all about the growth that is usable now. Stools need to be cut low and at a slight angle to allow for water to run off. This prevents old stools from rotting out, therefore preserving the habitat. Clearance areas allow for not only new growth from the stools but also for many of the dormant spring bulbs to come through.

We have seen in Whitebeam Woods that Bluebells come up in areas that have not been cleared for some 10 to 15 years. This means that they have laid dormant this whole time waiting for their opportunity, which has now been given. This will instil new life in varied insects and pollinators in the springtime.

Photo: Coppice nearly ready to be cut

2020-01-15 - Coppice nearly ready to be cut

Photo: Coppice at about one year

2020-01-15 - Coppice at about one year

Photo: Coppice at about two years

2020-01-15 - Coppice at about two years

When carrying out the work we were lucky enough to see and hear two of the UK's very significant and peculiar birds. First, being able to hear the laughter and rattling of the Woodpecker, letting us know that we have entered their territory. These amazing animals are able to experience G-forces that no human ever could or has done. They also use their extra long tongues to wrap around their brain to prevent any damage.

2020-01-27 - Great spotted woodpecker (Pixabay - 915417)

Second, was the magnificent bark-toned Treecreeper with its white underbelly, scuttering around the Turkey Oak unlike any other small bird in its search for insects.

2020-01-27 - Eurasian Treecreeper (Pixabay - 270277)

It's seeing these sorts of walks of life that show to me that this type of woodland management really does work and I hope that it will have similar results in Malthouse Meadow which is starting to have managed coppice also.

If you wish to know more about coppicing please let me know, also please don't forget this weekend it's the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch so please take an hour to look out the window or go to the local park and note down what you spot.

Contact Craig on craig.ifield@adur-worthing.gov.uk

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20th January 2021: The Big Garden Birdwatch

Park Ranger - Craig Ifield

Hi - my name is Craig and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team.

As we get deeper into winter, we start to see more of small birds fluttering around in the leafless trees and starting to be more fearless in their hunt for food and shelter. Therefore I would like to take the opportunity this week to highlight the 'Big Garden Birdwatch' run by RSPB which is carried out 29th-31st January.

This is a project that really helps the charity and ecologist alike to find out about the disruption of common and rare species of birds across the UK, ultimately seeing if there are changes in patterns or any new discoveries. This is something that is vital to their works and understanding the UK climate, and something which can not be done without the help of the public.

It’s something that everyone can take part in and can be done from your own home or in a public park. Take one hour of your day and record the number and the types of birds that you see (there are many helpful ID charts on the RSPB website that can help beginners or if you see something you are unsure of).

This is a great thing to incorporate when out for a walk or allowing yourself some time to relax and reconnect with the world around you. For some it might even highlight what in your garden is working well for the birdlife, what is it that they actually like to feed off, or what is it that they actually wish to use as shelter. Many small birds in the UK have their own personalities and you can really see them come out in this hour of watching and witnessing their minds working to figure out what they need to do.

2021-01-20 - RSPB Birdwatch

The watch is for only birds that land in the garden and not those that fly over, simply keep a tally of how many and what you see. A good idea is to set a bird feeder or simply a handful of plain peanuts out for the birds to come to you and see them in action.

This watch has been running for 40 years, allowing some 3 million hours of data to be gathered. It's allowed for sad news of declining numbers and changing of patterns to be noticed that would have otherwise gone a miss.

It also highlights to individuals what birds actually wish to use, such as Ivy which this time of year is a great food source for many small birds due to being one of the only plants left in bud.

It is these winter months that garden birds will want and need to feed the most, less so in the spring as food is plentiful. Now is the time to lend a helping hand to these beautiful collections of life.

I would like to say a quick thank you to the Friends of Brooklands Park for launching their bird box programme, allowing for the public to donate boxes to Brooklands that will be put up later this year when bird families will be started and chicks will need a place to stay. They have connected with the community brilliantly and secured wonderful boxes that will be a great aid to the local wildlife and may also encourage more life from further afield.

Unleash the twitcher in you and get to know what life is out in your own garden, surrounding areas or small greenspaces that you overlook. This is a great way to spend an hour or a nice lesson to all of us to learn more about what we take for granted every day. See their distinguishing flourishing of colours, there is so much more to our garden friends then we realise.

If you wish to know more information or help, please contact me:

2021-01-20 - Robin

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6th January 2021: Time to turn over a new leaf

Park Ranger - Craig Ifield

Hi - my name is Craig and I am the blogger of the week from the Park Rangers' Team.

As we start a New Year it is time for resolutions and trying new things, many of which involve personal goals and personal health. This year I would like to have a look at some other achievements that we can set to help environmental health and our surrounding communities. There are many ways that we, as individuals, can make changes to help the natural world and many of them you can do in your own gardens.

One of the best things to do is to allow some patches of your garden to go wild. This will help support the work we're doing in the Parks team, making the wonderful greenspaces around us as bio-rich as possible. There is a rich patchwork of private gardens and balconies that break 'green corridors' and 'green highways' up. It has been recorded for instance in an urban setting that as much as 85% of tree coverage is in private gardens. This shows just how much land is used for private gardens and how much of an impact your garden can have on the wider community, so let some go wild if you can. Plant wildflower seeds, leave some grass long all year round. You can leave part of the garden boggy and do your bit to help protect the environment.

Another fantastic thing you could do would be to put up a simple bird box or bat box in your garden. Or if you can't do that, what about leaving cuttings in a pile at the fence line of your property? This will allow birds to use them for nests, and insects will also use it as a food source and it will allow for a small habitat to thrive.

If you can cut some holes in the bottom of your fence, this is a brilliant help for hedgehogs, because it means they can roam more freely and not get trapped in gardens, and it may also provide a helpful escape from predators. We know from a recent report by Rewilding Britain that animals are having to compete for resources much more and in different habitats which some are not built to survive in.

Rewilding is one of the most important tools we have to fight back against climate change and manage land in a more sustainable manner. There are a huge amount of benefits in rewilding from helping store stormwater, preventing floods, filtering air, adding biodiversity and even enriching soils. But you don't need to rewild your whole garden, but, if we all allowed a small part to go wild, we can truly make a difference.

As always there are many things that can be done for everyday choices that will also help fight climate change and reduce carbon emissions. You can look on various websites to look at what your current footprint is, like on WWF. A great way of tackling your carbon footprint is by 'offsetting', and, even better, this is something we can help with in the Parks department! Through the Parks department you can donate a tree to offset your emissions, and we can choose a site near you, as well as what will best be suited for your local environment. We can talk through all the possible options with you to offset your footprint in the most beneficial way. Plus, if you really want to go the extra mile, you can also always join a volunteering group and maintain habitats that can again offset your own emissions!

There is lots that can be done to turn the tide against climate change and it can feel hard to know where to start and what is best for you or your garden. Please feel free to get in touch and we can help. It is only by working with all of the community that we can really change the world, do not feel that if you are not near a greenspace or you don't have a garden that we cannot help, we are always on hand for advice. This is all our planet, this is the only one we have and we depend on it for everything. Together we can make a change and it is only together that we will be able to make the needed change.

2021-01-06 - A brown leaf against a blue sky

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About our Park Ranger bloggers:

Our Rangers are listed below - and at the bottom of the page is a map of the areas the Rangers cover.

Craig Ifield:

Park Ranger - Craig Ifield

Craig is a Park Ranger at Adur & Worthing Councils. His main role is to maintain our parks and open spaces. This includes working with green space volunteer community groups across Adur and Worthing helping them with various projects and supporting them in developing their groups.

Craig's background is with the The Conservation Volunteers charity as a project officer working to enable communities in Adur and Worthing to improve their health and wellbeing.

Adam Scott:

Park Ranger - Adam Scott

Adam has worked for the Councils for over 16 years - with the majority of his time spent in parks and playgrounds. Adam says:

“Hi everyone, my name's Adam Scott I'm a Park Ranger in the Worthing area. I really enjoy trying to make the experiences people have in our parks and open spaces good ones, whether that's working with community groups to improve them, or consulting the public about new ideas and equipment that we can provide to enhance people's quality of life in our local area.”

Graeme Brooker:

Graeme has a background in countryside management. Graeme says:

“Having grown up in Worthing, much of my childhood was spent in the surrounding countryside and I grew up with a passion for the outdoors. I'm fortunate that my 'patch' includes several green spaces that fall within the South Downs National Park.”

Emily Ford:

Park Ranger - Emily Ford

Emily says:

“I am a Leisure Attendant within the parks department, where I help to manage the allotments and parks. Before I worked for the Council I was an intern for the RSPB and have a background in nature conservation and ecology.”

Keith Walder:

Park Ranger - Keith Walder

Keith says:

“I am the Park Ranger for the Adur District, east of the River Adur.”

 

Anthony Read:

Anthony Read, Head Ranger

Anthony is the Head Ranger for Adur & Worthing Councils.

 

Map:

Below is a map of the wider area, showing you the patches each Ranger covers. They will be the person to get in touch with regarding any park or green space within their patch.

2021-03-31 - Park Ranger areas in Adur and Worthing

  1. 1 - Anthony Read
  2. 2 - Adam Scott
  3. 3 - Graeme Brooker
  4. 4 - Craig Ifield
  5. 5 - Keith Walder

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Page last updated: 08 April 2021