‌Overall, rangers are responsible for community liaison, minor maintenance, guided tours and inspecting life belts and play equipment.

Matt SmithMatt Smith is the ranger at Vicar Water Country Park. Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, he's been involved in conservation for more than eight years. He volunteered for Staffordshire County Council at a local country and worked for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, The Land Trust, and Groundwork alongside studying for a degree in Conservation and Countryside management at Derby University.

His last role with Groundwork was as ranger at a former colliery site that had been turned into a country park, just like Vicar Water. Matt maintains the park's high standards and is particularly developing it's wildlife elements for everyone to enjoy.

Matt can be contacted on 01623 466340 or email matt.smith@nsdc.info 

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George Hemstock is the park ranger at Sconce and Devon Park. George works closely with the parks volunteers and local schools on conservation and wildlife projects within the park.

George also runs the park's Facebook and Twitter account to keep people up to date on what he is up to day to day.


George can be contacted on george.hemstock@nsdc.info

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Floss Newman is the park warden for Newark Castle and Gardens. Born and raised in Birmingham, Floss worked in banking for 24 years. She moved to Newark in 2000 and saw Rene Mouraille leading a tour round the castle on one of her lunch breaks. That was enough to inspire Floss to embark on an entirely new career. She enrolled at university and graduated with a BA (Hons) Heritage Studies. 

Floss is passionate about promoting the castle and Newark's history.

Floss Newman can be contacted on 07971 486 324 or e-mail floss.newman@nsdc.info

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Green Flag Award - 2016

Parks and green spaces in Newark and Sherwood have been awarded prestigious Green Flags by the Keep Britain Tidy group.

Newark Castle gardens, Sconce and Devon Park, Sherwood Avenue Park, Vicar Water Country Park and - for the first time - neighbouring Sherwood Heath, Cockglode and Rotary Woods are among the best in the UK.

Sherwood Heath, Cockglode and Rotary Woods is a 23-hectare area of lowland heathland, acid grassland and woodland which is managed as a partnership project between Newark and Sherwood District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, the Sherwood Forest Trust, the Forestry Commission and the Friends of Sherwood Heath, Cockglode and Rotary Woods.

Sherwood Avenue Park is owned by Newark Town Council and managed and maintained in partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council.

They are listed alongside record-breaking 1,686 of award-winning parks and green spaces for 2016.

The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. 

Voluntary smoking ban

We have implemented a voluntary smoking ban in a number of our children's play areas.

Find out more by visiting our Smoking ban page.

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