Mike Dando has worked for the past 20 years in land management, forestry and nature conservation, in the private, public and charity sectors, so brings a broad range of experience with him.
While much of that work was deskbound, the 51-year-old is looking forward to getting out and working with his five-strong team within Stroud Town Council, as well as keeping the inevitable paperwork in good order.
“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and engaging with people in Stroud about how we make green spaces that benefit people and wildlife sustainably into the future.”
In his earlier life Mike was involved in the punk scene and spent a couple of years as a New Age traveller.
These days Mike spends his free time tending his allotment, enjoying live music, family life and motorcycling.
He worked for many years as the Head Ranger for many of the National Trust’s Wiltshire sites, including the Stonehenge Landscape.
Mike is particularly keen to get more residents involved with Bisley Road old cemetery, one of only a handful in the country that is classified as a nature reserve.
“I really want to help give children a love of nature as they will need to care for the Earth after my generation is gone. f you don’t know about nature then you are less likely to respect it.”
The Town Council’s team is responsible for a number of green spaces, including Bank Gardens and the old and new cemeteries off Bisley Road.
Mike has already introduced organic fertiliser for floral displays and is hoping to use more plants and flowers which attract pollinating insects.