Scottish Countryside Rangers Association awards for two Countryside Rangers

Two of East Lothian Council’s Countryside Rangers were presented with their SCRA Scottish Ranger Award for successfully completing their Continuous Professional Development programme.

SCRA (the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association) promotes the beneficial role Rangers play in managing Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage and champions professional standards for Ranger Services including encouraging the exchange of ideas and experiences of Rangers worldwide.

Jen Newcombe, Countryside Ranger covering Longniddry, Gullane and Haddington, and Dave Wild, Countryside Ranger at Yellowcraig and Archerfield, were presented with their certificates by George Potts, Chairman of SCRA.

Environment spokesperson, Cllr Norman Hampshire, said: “East Lothian’s Countryside Ranger Service was one of the first to be established in Scotland and provides an invaluable link between local residents and visitors and rural businesses and landowners to encourage responsible access and enjoyment of the county’s countryside. Now, perhaps more than ever, there is a greater appreciation of the importance of biodiversity and maintaining and enhancing local habitats, flora and fauna. Our Rangers provide practical support and advice in addition to engaging with school groups and other visitors to encourage greater understanding about our unique environment.”

“I would like to add my congratulations to Jen and Dave for their achievements in successfully completing their professional development programmes adding further skills and insight for their varied jobs.”

Published: Friday, 28th February 2020