Charity considers new structure for delivery of visitor, estate maintenance and conservation services

25th Nov 2014

Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF) is considering the creation of a new staff structure to manage visitor, estate maintenance and conservation services at the sites that it owns in and around the Cambridge, including Wandlebury Country Park and Coton Countryside Reserve.

With visitor numbers rising at CambridgePPF properties, and greater expectations from the public for improved access, education activities, family events and recreational opportunities, the charity is consulting its staff about the development of a more flexible approach to the visitor management, conservation and staffing of its sites.

While no decisions have been taken, the charity has identified the need to adopt a different way of staffing its properties and carrying out its ranger services. With thousands of people visiting Wandlebury and Coton every year, the charity is keen to strike a balance between its conservation work and enhancing opportunities for visitors to enjoy themselves.

Philip Robson, Head of Properties and Green Spaces at Cambridge Past, Present & Future, said: “Since the re-launch of the charity as Cambridge Past, Present & Future in 2009, the Board of Trustees has overseen a major re-vamp of the organisation’s role and operations. This programme has included clarifying the charity’s purpose and objectives through a five-year strategic plan, a significant expansion of its planning watchdog activities, and more recently, re-structuring the senior management and office team to reflect the charity’s three strands of work: planning, properties and education. The final phase of this re-organisation involves a comprehensive review of how best to manage the heritage properties and green spaces in our care.”

“Our properties are busy all year round but especially at weekends and in the summer, when our hours extend into the longer evenings. To keep giving local people the very best experience when they visit our sites, our operations need to reflect their requirements, now and for the future. Our aim in conducting this review is to try to come up with a more flexible solution that gives us more staff, visible on site at peak times, to interact with visitors, answer their questions, maintain site safety and preserve what makes our properties special for families to enjoy for many years to come.”

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