Country park countryside ranger service

sunset grasses 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 2018 the service organised or took part in 141 events, guided walks and activities, attracting almost 2,400 people, whilst 1,811 children enjoyed countryside ranger activities or school visits. 

The countryside ranger service is hosted by East Renfrewshire Council, and jointly funded with Glasgow City Council.