The Cotswold Water Park Trust Rangers work throughout the year to manage and maintain the public access sites across all 40 square miles of the Cotswold Water Park.
The Ranger Team
The team work year round to maintain all of these sites for local residents, visitors and wildlife. Duties include footpath maintenance, habitat management, coppicing, lakeside erosion repair, health and safety inspections and litter picking.
- Gateway Centre
- Neighbridge Country Park
- 5 car parks and picnic sites
- Old railway line reserve
- Shorncote Reedbed
- Cokes Pit Nature Reserve
- plus at least 50km of footpaths
In 2012, the Ranger team found themselves battling against the constant high water levels, and therefore were unable to carry out many of their scheduled tasks.
However, this did not stop them from achieving a huge amount - here are some of the tasks the team of four managed to get through:
- Non native plant species eradication
- Seat installation at Cleveland Lakes
- Tern Raft maintenance
- Extensive tree works, ie pollarding and coppicing
- Pond complex completed for Glos Wildlife Trust
- Installation of bat boxes
- Hedgerow maintenance and planting
- Bird hide repairs
- Fencing contracts
- Thames Path on going mowing contract
- Weekly litter picking on sites and car parks
- Tree safety surveys
- Spraying all sites—weedkiller
- Dormice habitat work on the Old Railway Line
The CWP Trust Ranger team are very lucky to have help from regular volunteers, some of whom have been with them for more than 5 years.
Once a month, the Ranger team run volunteer work parties (on Sundays and Wednesdays between September and May) where anyone can come along and help with tasks such as Himalayan balsam bashing, willow clearance from reedbeds, tree and reed planting, scrub clearance etc.
If you are over 18, and reasonably fit, enjoy working outdoors, and like chocolate biscuits, then why not come along?