Panshanger Park will become a wilder place with a new community engagement and volunteering programme thanks to a new partnership between Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Tarmac.
Jo Whitaker, the new Panshanger Park People and Wildlife Officer, is now based at the park, and helping visitors discover more about the park’s wildlife and habitats. As well as supporting the existing team of dedicated volunteers in the nature reserve, Jo will be working to develop a new programme of volunteering activities including conservation, monitoring and interpretation across the park.
Jo’s role is funded by Tarmac and employed by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. The new project builds on the Trust’s previous work with Tarmac at the park and will include volunteering, community engagement and nature reserve management at Panshanger Park for the next five years.
Lesley Davies, the Trust’s chief executive says:
“We are delighted to continue to develop our work with Tarmac at Panshanger Park. The park boasts some wonderful wildlife and we are looking forward to showing visitors all the park has to offer and bringing new opportunities for people to take action for wildlife through volunteering. Wildlife faces increasing challenges due to loss of habitat so to be able to work on habitats at the scale of Panshanger Park is a very special opportunity.”
Stuart Wykes, director of Land and Natural Resources for Tarmac said:
“We are really pleased to welcome Jo to the team at Panshanger Park as we continue our long-term partnership with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. As the park grows in popularity, her role will help our visitors learn about the parks history and wildlife and provide many opportunities for people to get involved in helping us protect and manage the park.”
Panshanger Park is owned and managed by Tarmac who are working in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and Herts County Council to open up the historic landscape to the public. The partnership is working in consultation with a range of stakeholders to create a financially-sustainable, exemplar country park which will highlight and protect its varied wildlife, rich history and stunning landscape.
Find out more about the park and how you can get involved please visit https://panshangerpark.tarmac.com/get-involved/