The Council’s Greenspace Rangers can often by seen around the path networks and popular sites which the Council promotes. They may be checking all is in order, leading a guided walk or simply chatting to people who are out and about.
The Greenspace Rangers look after paths and sites such as Lady Mary’s Walk, Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park, and other areas which the Council doesn’t own; including many of the paths that make up the core path networks. They visit schools to talk to school groups and take them out in the countryside; they arrange walks, talks and events to help people get to know the countryside and the wildlife there; they also take a part in various highland games and shows to promote the countryside of Perth and Kinross. Recent projects they have been involved in are the Salmon in the Classroom project, the Loon Braes Partnership, the Woods for Wellbeing project now known as ‘Branching Out’ and the Amphibians in Drains project, all of which have been Securing the Future Award winners!
The Greenspace Rangers organise:
- The Perth and Kinross Conservation Volunteers
- A programme of events through the year
- Environmental and Outdoor Learning
Who are your Greenspace Rangers?
Richard Armstrong – Strathearn and Dunkeld
I’m based in Crieff and cover the Strathearn and Dunkeld area. I’ve been a ranger with PKC since 2009. I’m delighted to work in such a beautiful area with so many keen and enthusiastic communities.
Fergus Cook – South Perthshire & Kinross
I am part time (Wed –Fri) and cover the south Perthshire and Kinross area along with Ian Montgomery. Most of my time is taken up with working with volunteers, site inspections, correspondence and getting the printer to work.
Jeannie Grant – Highland
I joined Perth and Kinross Council in February 2003 covering the Highland area. At present I am based in Breadalbane Community Campus in Aberfeldy. Over the years the area I cover has shrunk when I went part time (Weds-Fri). The area I now cover are Communities and surrounding areas of Ballinluig, Logierait, Grandtully, Aberfeldy, Glen Lyon, Kenmore, Kinloch Rannoch, Pitlochry, Killiecrankie and Blair Atholl.
I take great pleasure in introducing people to our Community Greenspaces through practical conservation tasks, John Muir Awards and meeting people on site. I am constantly learning about our natural heritage and know a bit about everything but I am not an expert at anything!
Daniele Muir – Blairgowrie & East
I have been a Ranger with PKC since Aug 2002, originally covering Strathearn and Kinross-shire. I have been working in the Strathmore & the Glens area for the last 7 years so now cover the area from Scone to the N & NE and am based in Blairgowrie. I work with groups to help them improve their greenspaces, including Loon Braes, Alyth Den and Larghan Park.
Ian Montgomery – South Perthshire & Kinross
I work mon to wed and share the job with Fergus Cook. I am involved with site inspections / school projects / guided walks and conservation volunteers. My hobbies include fly fishing / clay pigeon shooting.
Everyone knows me as Monty.
Susan Whyte – MacRosty Park, Crieff
I joined the Community Greenspace Ranger team in 2010 after a number of years as an Environmental Initiatives Officer. Although not a traditionally trained Ranger the previous work remit to support Bloom Groups, organise litter picking event, supported the Eco school project and a variety of other conservation or environmental projects made it easy to adjust. Coming from a farming background and recently having built my own house I can relate to issues in the Countryside and provide constructive advice. My position is also different from the other Rangers has my remit is mainly McRosty Park and the linking in paths. I work part time and when not working I am helping out at the farm or running around after my family.