A trio of new green rangers are aiming to make Stroud a more attractive and environmentally-friendly town.
Stroud Town Council has appointed Joe Graham, Mathew Allen and Pete Bradshaw as Green Spaces Rangers.
Not only will they be responsible for the town’s parks and open spaces but they will be encouraging the community to get involved.
Together they have more than three decades of experience in horticulture and nature conservation.
Joe Graham’s specialism is horticulture and he will be looking at what the town council team plants – from begonias to beetroot.
One of his first projects were the edible plant displays in the high street. He has also worked with children at Stroud Valley School.
“I have plenty of plans to get the community involved and to take ownership,” said Joe.
Pete Bradshaw is responsible for maintenance from building new compost bins for the green spaces team to repairing gates.
“It’s great getting to know the sites we are responsible for and to look at ways to make things aesthetically better and easier to use,” said Pete.
Mathew Allen is responsible for the town’s biodiversity. He has recently launched a Friends group of volunteers to help preserve Stroud’s unique nature reserve.
The town’s old cemetery in Bisley Road is one of only a handful in the country that is classified as a nature reserve.
“We want to do more to have a positive impact on wildlife in the town’s parks and open spaces such as the wild meadow planting at Brewery Bridge,” said Mathew.
Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston said the new rangers reflected the more pro-active approach the town council is taking.
“Talking to people and engaging with the public is very much part of the rangers’ jobs and to encourage everyone in the town to take an interest and a pride in the environment of the town,” said Councillor Cranston.
“We cannot do that on our own. We need the community to be part of it. The more we work together to enhance our town’s public spaces and our green areas the better it is for those of us who live and work there and for those who visit.”
The Town Council’s team is responsible for a number of green spaces, including Bank Gardens, the old and new cemeteries off Bisley Road and Park Gardens in Slad Road.