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Ranger service

A dedicated team of 21 full-time and part-time Parkland Managers, Rangers, Assistant Ranger and Admin, look after open spaces within the 10,000 acre, 26-mile long, Lee Valley Regional Park.


The park contains some of Britain’s rarest wildlife species, eights Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a designation reserved for the country’s very best wildlife sites and an array of open spaces and waterways. The Rangers are responsible for maintaining these areas to Green Flag and Gold London in Bloom Award winning standards; they perform a variety of duties to ensure there is a balance between nature conservations and the use of the park as a regional visitor destination.

Divided by the M25 the Ranger Service covers two distinct areas:

  • North Area team covers all parts of the park north of the M25 motorway from Ware and Stansted Abbots down to River Lee Country Park, Waltham Abbey and Cheshunt

  • South area team covers all parts of the park south of the M25 motorway from Rammey Marsh and Gunpowder Park through Tottenham Marshes, Walthamstow Marshes down to Bow Creek and East India Dock Basin

The Ranger service covers wide range duties:

Site management

  • Contribute to and integrating the Biodiversity Action Plan and Park Development Framework into their site management and work plans

  • Develop and deliver habitat management projects and Higher-Level Stewardship targets to enhance the wildlife and safeguard important and rare habitats and species within the park

  • Continued monitoring of habits and species to feed back in to and improve site plans

  • Day to day monitoring of sites and carrying out minor repairs for sites and open spaces facilities

  • Manage sites to award winning standards Green flag gold London in bloom


Site monitoring

  • Maintain high health and safety standards and maintenance of the park's infrastructure and visitor facilities

  • Carryout all site audits and monitoring such as grazing stock welfare, paths, trees and furniture to feed back into management and maintenance programme

  • Monitor and manage contractors on site including greenspaces around venues

Visitor experience

  • Day to day patrols of sites to deal with any on site emergencies and Byelaw infringements

  • Respond to visitor enquiries and update park wide information as needed

  • Deliver a range of community engagement opportunities though volunteering, guided walks/talks, ranger drop in sessions, and supporting local community groups and initiatives,

  • Supporting and prepare sites for the Events team to deliver large-scale events and work with other organisations to run events on the open spaces.

  • Support the Youth and Schools team on the development and delivery of education programmes

Legal and finance

  • Identify funding opportunities, set fees and charges for open spaces, and implement licences and permits such as dog licences and car parking

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