CambridgePPF completes review of visitor, estate maintenance and conservation services

7th Jan 2015

Local charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF) has concluded its review of how best to manage the heritage properties and green spaces in its care, so as to be more responsive to the needs of increasing visitor numbers, while maintaining its uncompromising commitment to wildlife conservation and public access.

Robin Pellew, Chairman of CambridgePPF, said: “The decision to restructure our ranger team reflects the pressing need for a more versatile staffing structure to ensure more team members can be on site at Wandlebury Country Park and Coton Countryside Reserve during peak visitor times. Our aim is to ensure that more staff will be available to help visitors, answer their questions, support our education programme, assist with all the events and activities we offer, maintain high standards of site safety, and preserve what makes our properties special.”

“The Trustees have examined in detail the pros and cons of a range of proposals, but what has become clear is that the most practical option is for the charity to put in place a new flexible structure based around a single full-time warden, supported by a team of part-time wardens, who will work across all our properties. This new approach will provide the charity with the flexibility that it needs to continue to offer the public the same level of access to all our properties that they enjoy at present, whilst enabling us to accommodate the wide-ranging changes in seasonal demand and the overall increase in visitor numbers anticipated as Cambridge itself grows. The main change that visitors to Wandlebury or the Coton Countryside Reserve are likely to see is the presence of more visible staff on site with greater interaction with the public.”

“Regrettably, this re-organisation does affect three full-time rangers currently in post. The charity continues to work closely with the individuals affected, who have all been consulted throughout the process and on the outcome of the review and their options. They have been invited to apply for the new role being created.”

CambridgePPF’s announcement completes a restructuring process, which has seen the creation of a new post of Head of Properties & Green Spaces to upgrade the management of the charity’s properties and its overall visitor offering. CambridgePPF has also recently strengthened its administrative team – recruiting new people into customer-oriented roles.

Concluding, Robin Pellew said: “Many people feel passionately about the places owned by CambridgePPF, especially Wandlebury with its sense of peace and tranquillity, its marvellous flora and fauna, the opportunities it provides for people of all ages to enjoy themselves in the countryside. We remain wholly committed to enhancing the conservation value of our land at Coton and Wandlebury, and protecting the status of Wandlebury as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. But as Cambridge continues to grow, we do need to prepare for the inevitable increase in visitors who want to take advantage of our wonderful countryside properties and enjoy the wide range of educational events and recreational activities that we offer. Our new staffing structure will enable us to do this now and for many years to come.”

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