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What we do

We engage with local communities and carry out conservation work and manage volunteers as front-line guardians of our green spaces. Providing a reassuring uniformed presence, we are on hand to instil a sense of security and to provide information.

A major focus of the Park Rangers is to forge links between local residents' groups to encourage ownership and involvement in all of our parks and natural spaces,

Park Rangers work with

  • Nurseries
  • Local park users and groups
  • Schools and Universities,
  • Local business and corporate volunteers,
  • ‘Friends’ groups
  • Other citywide organisations that are keen to get out and about in, work on, or help develop any of the city’s parks and natural spaces.

Organisations we work with

We work closely with other organisations including

  • Business in the Community,
  • Framework (Nature in Mind),
  • Inspire,
  • Nottingham Green Spaces,
  • Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust,
  • ParkLives,
  • RSPB,
  • Space Inclusive,
  • Sustrans
  • U3A
  • Our own teams on Allotments, Biodiversity, Grounds Maintenance and Nottingham in Bloom.

We work closely with our Neighbourhood management teams, other partner organisations and indeed any other group in assisting delivery of their own events and projects and will help in any way possible to support those ventures.

The Park Ranger Service also delivers a varied programme of events across the City’s green spaces including activities such as

  • Bush craft and Forest Schools,
  • Natural art,
  • Nest box making,
  • Orienteering,
  • Pond dipping
  • Scavenger hunts.

To find out more contact the park ranger or Parks and Open Spaces, click on our What's On page. to see what's happening

We cherish every educational opportunity that allows children to learn beyond the classroom walls and encourages activities that foster individual development and the enhancement of essential character traits. We provide a variety of offerings, including:

  • A range of outdoor-themed practical and educational activities and workshops tailored for various ages and skill levels.
  • Educational programs aligned with the National Curriculum for all Key Stages.
  • Customised programs to support pre-school education, further education, and Scout or Guide group educational initiatives.
  • Forest School sessions conducted by leaders who hold a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner Award (OCN).

For more information, please contact the park ranger or the Parks and Open Spaces team.

One of our key aims is to promote and interpret the green spaces that people enjoy using and we endeavour to produce useful literature such as tree trails that pinpoint key trees of interest.

We also run

  • Walks and tours focusing on heritage listed parks,
  • Nature and wildlife rambles that identify flora and fauna
  • Wild food walks that educate and inform park users about what they are able to find and potentially use in the wild.

To find out more contact the park ranger or Parks and Open Spaces,

Park Ranger conservation projects are undertaken to raise awareness about biodiversity and the importance of preserving and protecting the environment.

Our projects focus on

  • Creating and maintaining havens for wildlife within the urban environment
  • Access, ie improving woodland paths
  • Safety, ie improving sightlines
  • Removing signs of anti-social behaviour.
  • Wherever possible we collect species and habitat data and feed into national databases.     

Volunteers are key to many of our conservation endeavours and we encourage people from all walks of life to get involved. We regularly set up volunteering opportunities for any group of people who want to get involved in their local park or green space no matter how big or small the group.

We also support our apprentice scheme and encourage people seeking work experience or work placements to come and join us. The benefits of this include gaining experience of working in the great outdoors, making a difference in the community and to the environment and generally improving a personal sense of well-being.

For more visit our Parks and Open Spaces Facebook Page

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Contact us

Parks and Open Spaces
Woodthorpe Grange
Woodthorpe Drive

Tel: 0115 915 2733

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