Agenda item

Review of the Annual Work Programme 2020/21

The Senior Ranger to be heard.

Minutes:

The Senior Ranger was heard regarding achievements in delivering the annual work programme 2020/21 and the following point was made:

 

  • The Ranger Team had continued to support the delivery of the annual work programme over the past twelve months including the Brilliant Butterflies project at Spring Park, installation of heritage signs at Kenley Airfield and clearing an area of trees affected by Ash dieback at Farthing Downs.  The Commons had seen a significant increase in visitors as well as dog ownership during the COVID-19 period, which had led to an increased emphasis on tackling litter and dog fouling issues.  Access to the sites had been a key priority during this period and a focus had been placed on how they were presented which had resulted in all six open spaces in maintaining Green Flag standards.  it had not been possible to continue the official volunteer programme during the COVID-19 period with the exception of projects delivered during October 2020 when lockdown restrictions had been temporarily eased; however, some volunteers had participated in annual onsite nature surveys which could be carried out safely by individuals.  In response to a question from a Member, the Senior Ranger confirmed that group volunteering opportunities would be gradually reintroduced from 12 April 2021.  Initially this would only be for week-day volunteering groups but it was hoped to reintroduce weekend volunteering groups at the larger sites as the year progressed.

 

RESOLVED, that the update be noted.