Country park countryside rangers
In June 2008 the Dams to Darnley countryside ranger service was created. Initially the appointments were part of a one year pilot. Councillor Tony Buchanan, chair of the country park joint committee at the time, said:
"The appointment of our very active rangers to the park is a clear signal that the project is starting to mature. Both East Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow City Council are delighted that we have been able to make these important appointments as the rangers have a unique expertise to share with visitors while acting as first class ambassadors for the park itself. Having the rangers in post is an important milestone in the development of what is a superb facility both for local people and tourists and I look forward to further exciting developments over the coming months."
During its pilot year the countryside ranger service proved to be a great success and as a result it continues to this day to be central to the success of the country park. During 2010 the service organised 70 events, guided walks and activities, attracting 1,502 people, whilst 1,154 children enjoyed countryside ranger activities or school visits.
Although hosted and employed by East Renfrewshire Council, the two countryside rangers are joint appointments with Glasgow City Council.