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Looking after parks
Wildlife, Countryside and Open
Space Strategy 2008-16 (pdf 7,174KB) provides a strategic
framework for investment and improvement in Medway's greenspaces.
The strategy is delivered through an annual
Our park rangers looks after the countryside and urban
parks in Medway.
Rangers undertake or manage contract works to maintain
footpaths, fences, trees and open grassland to ensure sites remain
in optimal condition for recreational use.
Patrolling and safety inspections
Riverside Country Park and Capstone Farm Country Park are
staffed 363 days per year (not Christmas Day and Boxing
- provide assistance to members of the public
- enforce park regulations and by-laws
- prevent anti-social behaviour
The greenspaces outside of the country parks is patrolled
according to an inspection regime by a team of urban rangers.
As part of these patrols, informal monitoring of ground
maintenance contracts and inspection of infrastructure to ensure
public safety, takes place.
Habitat improvement and management
Together with recreational value, our parks are
valuable refuges for many species of wildlife. Throughout the year,
the rangers plan, manage or carry out sympathetic management
schemes and habitat improvements to help protect and enhance the
value of the habitats within sites. Schemes include tree planting,
pond creation, grassland management and coppicing.
Education and interpretation
During the summer months, many schools visit the country parks to study the
natural environment. The rangers help organise and lead groups, and
carry out educational activities with then. In addition, the ranger
team delivers an annual events programme for adults and children
that aims to increase public understanding about their local
environment. Events involve children's activity days, guided walks,
fungal forays, evening lectures, kite making and bird-watching
Wildlife monitoring and surveying
Wildlife monitoring is extremely important, as it allows the
rangers to keep a check on the wildlife within sites. This in turn
allows them to choose the management schemes that will most benefit
the wildlife present. In addition to surveys undertaken by rangers,
the team works with external organisations, including the RSPB
(www.rspb.org.uk) and Kent
Wildlife Trust (www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk),
to increase knowledge of species and habitats.
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