As a Common Ranger, Daniel du Gard’s responsibilities include groundwork and conservation but more recently, and going forward, the emphasis is as much on educating us all about or Common. We find out what’s changed and why it’s so important
We have been seeing more community links between the Parish Council and the community of late with ventures like school environmental projects and walks in conjunction with Friends of Chorleywood Common which is all a deliberate move as part of an ongoing mission.
The Countryside Management Service (CMS) at Hertfordshire County Council constantly works in partnership with Chorleywood Parish Council to help care for the environment. They issue a five-year management plan as guidance called the Greenspace Action Plan, or GAP for short. And in the document published earlier this year the emphasis was on education and encouraging volunteers.
“Our new 5 year management plan is our manual for looking after the Common up until 2023 when it will be refreshed again.” says Daniel, Conservation Ranger, “Part of my role is to improve and support public engagement and education on the Common. I have been supporting Forest School sessions alongside Christ Church School undertaking bug hunts, pond dipping and map making activities to name a few. I have also been working with the St Clements Danes STEM Club to undertake scientific sampling and surveying of the different Common habitats and working out carbon storage of different tree species.”
Adult tie ups have been increased too
“I have organised a series of work party days with Friends of Chorleywood Common(FOCC) to undertake conservation tasks – in July we had a guided walk of the Common to discuss the management plan and highlight areas of future work.”
The Parish’s main concern is preserving features related to the history and culture of the rural landscape, restoring wildlife habitats and managing woodland.
“The grass, the newts, the trees are all precious. We are educating the next generation to appreciate what we have here and to look after it for the future.”
And young people are having fun in the learning process!
Friends of CW Common (FOCC) working parties with Parish Rangers held on last Thursdays of the month, 10am – 12.30pm usually meeting behind the cricket club pavilion. Details of FOCC membership from firstname.lastname@example.org
St Clement Danes STEM Club