Redbridge’s Nature Conservation Team reveal the stresses of the job

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 July 2016

Redbridge's Nature Conservation team work hard to keep the borough's green spaces tidy

Redbridge's Nature Conservation team work hard to keep the borough's green spaces tidy


The borough’s park rangers are arguably the unsung heroes of Redbridge’s fight against littering.

Last week, the Recorder revealed that nine council-maintained parks had been awarded prestigious Green Flags for exceptional cleanliness.

But Park Ranger Julia Coulson has worked in the borough for the last eight years, and feels residents desperately need to rethink their attitude to littering not just in residential areas but also its parks.

“Personally I think it’s getting worse,” she revealed.

“Every year we’re collecting more and more bags of rubbish. It’s massively frustrating that we spend so much of our summer doing litter picks.”

The borough’s Nature Conservation Ranger Team consists of two rangers based at the James Leal Centre in Ray park, Woodford Green and one warden whose work focuses on the Claybury and Roding Valley parks, but they care for green spaces across Redbridge.

And Julia admitted that the work isn’t all bad, as it makes her feel like she’s making a difference.

“I wanted to be a park ranger because it’s good work, getting outside and helping people. It’s satisfying.”

And the 32-year-old park ranger revealed she also enjoyed the social aspect of the job.

“We’ve got a core group of maybe 20 people that are regulars, and they come and help us when they can.

“All in all I’d say every year 50 different people come and help out one way or another, and everyone, no matter their skills or training, is always welcome.”

To get involved, merely attend one of the Nature Conservation Team meetings regularly held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more details, visit the Redbridge Council website.

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