The Royal Parks is launching a volunteer ranger service in Greenwich Park from July, with recruitment now underway, writes Laura Burgoine…

The Volunteer Ranger service is part of a three-year trial that will see volunteers operate at busy periods in three Royal Parks. The service is being rolled out in Greenwich Park to support The Royal Parks’ bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Greenwich Park Revealed project.

The Volunteer Rangers will primarily help visitors uncover fascinating facts about the history and nature of the World Heritage Site and encourage people to explore lesser known attractions in the park.

Jo Haywood, who leads the Volunteer Ranger service for the Royal Parks said: “Most people are familiar with the panoramic views of London from the General Wolfe statue but there are many hidden gems that make Greenwich Park unique, from Queen Caroline’s Bath and the Queen’s Orchard, to the Wilderness Park which is home to a small herd of deer. This Volunteer Rangers will share this information with visitors, as well as providing tips on how they can help protect the park.”

Greenwich Park Revealed is a multi-million-pound project which aims to protect and enhance the park’s heritage and natural landscape, and work with the community and partners to bring new opportunities to locals through events, apprenticeships and volunteering.

Volunteers need to be 18 or over and able to commit to at least one day a month on a weekend until October. Full training will be given. The deadline for applications is noon on 30 May.

www.royalparks.org.uk

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