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Yorkshire Water and National Trust rangers to look after recreational sites

For the first time, three new countryside rangers will help to manage sites in North and West Yorkshire under the Yorkshire Water and National Trust partnership.

The new roles are designed to support the joint common cause partnership, which was established by both organisations two years ago. A total of five new staff members will join Yorkshire Water to assist with delivering partnership projects and Yorkshire Water’s Land Strategy.

The rangers will visit Yorkshire Water sites to support the company’s recreational team with tasks such as managing litter, parking assistance, visitor wellbeing and maintenance work.

With lockdown restrictions easing and warm weather on its way, the water company is expecting the number of visitors to its land to increase - rangers will ensure that everyone can enjoy the land as safely as possible.

As well as the rangers, the water company recently appointed two land surveyor roles, both filled by National Trust staff. The surveyors will focus on the delivery of the Beyond Nature™ scheme, which supports Yorkshire Water’s tenants in ‘delivering exceptional land for Yorkshire, forever’ through sustainable land management techniques.

Gaynor Craigie, head of land and property at Yorkshire Water, said: “It’s great to officially welcome our new colleagues to the team. Our partnership with the National Trust has gone from strength to strength, and as two of Yorkshire’s largest landowners, we have learnt an awful lot from one another.

“To have colleagues with the knowledge and experience of the National Trust will be a great asset to the Yorkshire Water team, as they assist in managing our agricultural tenancies and recreational sites.”

Ted Talbot, National Trust and Yorkshire Water partnership manager, said: “We are really excited to be working closely together on how we can better manage our land to benefit both people and nature. The pandemic has shown just how much communities need the countryside on their doorstep and the land around Yorkshire Water’s reservoirs has played a big part in many people’s family time outdoors.”