Salford rangers look after the city's parks, country parks, nature reserves and a lot more. The fourteen strong team also work closely with the community doing eco education, guided walks, fun days and events, like the Salford Christmas Festivities – which is currently touring our open spaces and landed at Kersal Moor last night.
Working with Friends of Kersal Moor, the Salford Ranger Team puts on this magical annual hour of traditional carol singing, with mince pies, hot chocolate and Santa giving out sweets to the kids.
Despite the sub zero temperature last night lots of people turned up and enjoyed the festivities – until it was sadly announced at the end that funding has been cut for the Team and that this might not only be the last Christmas Festivities tour but also the last that Salford will see of its rangers.
The Salford Ranger Team has had funding for 12 workers from a Government grant that has now been cut by the ConDem coalition, while Salford Council employs two of the team directly. The onus is now on the Council to keep the team intact from its own resources – and with massive cuts to everything looming, this seems increasingly doubtful.
Now the Friends of Kersal Moor and others are asking everyone in Salford to contact their councillor, urging them to keep the Salford Ranger Team and to let them get on with the top work they are doing in the city.
One of Salford City Council's main pledges to the community is to make the city `safer, cleaner and greener'. This cannot happen without the Salford Ranger Team.
"…And on the Twelfth Day of Christmas my Council gave to me – 12 redundancy notices, and no-one in Salford to look after a pear tree…"