‌Overall, rangers are responsible for community liaison, minor maintenance, guided tours and inspecting life belts and play equipment.

Matt SmithMatt Smith is the ranger at Vicar Water Country Park. Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, he's been involved in conservation for more than eight years. He volunteered for Staffordshire County Council at a local country and worked for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, The Land Trust, and Groundwork alongside studying for a degree in Conservation and Countryside management at Derby University.

His last role with Groundwork was as ranger at a former colliery site that had been turned into a country park, just like Vicar Water. Matt maintains the park's high standards and is particularly developing it's wildlife elements for everyone to enjoy.

Matt can be contacted on 01623 466340 or email matt.smith@nsdc.info 

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 George Hemstock is the park ranger at Sconce and Devon Park. George started as an apprentice ranger with the council in 2013 and has since been promoted to Sconce and Devon Park Ranger in 2014. He previously worked in the manufacturing industry but after volunteering with the Forestry Commission at a local nature reserve for a couple of years, George decided that a career in conservation and land management was his ambition. George works closely with the parks volunteers, local schools, and community groups on conservation and horticultural projects within the park. George runs the park's Facebook and Twitter account to keep people up to date on what he is up to day to day and any events which are taking place.

George can be contacted on george.hemstock@nsdc.info or 07971486301/


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Green Flag Award - 2016

Parks and green spaces in Newark and Sherwood have been awarded prestigious Green Flags by the Keep Britain Tidy group.

Newark Castle gardens, Sconce and Devon Park, Sherwood Avenue Park, Vicar Water Country Park and - for the first time - neighbouring Sherwood Heath, Cockglode and Rotary Woods are among the best in the UK.

Sherwood Heath, Cockglode and Rotary Woods is a 23-hectare area of lowland heathland, acid grassland and woodland which is managed as a partnership project between Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, the Sherwood Forest Trust, the Forestry Commission and the Friends of Sherwood Heath, Cockglode and Rotary Woods.

Sherwood Avenue Park is owned by Newark Town Council and managed and maintained in partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council.

They are listed alongside record-breaking 1,686 of award-winning parks and green spaces for 2016.

The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. 

Voluntary smoking ban

We have implemented a voluntary smoking ban in a number of our children's play areas.

Find out more by visiting our Smoking ban page.

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