The National Trust for Scotland is Scotland’s largest conservation charity and one of the biggest employers of countryside rangers. However, the Trust has put 75% of their rangers, ecologists and other countryside staff at risk of redundancy. This means leaving many of Scotland’s most-loved natural places without day-to-day protection. NTS manages over 76,000 hectares of countryside, including Glencoe, Ben Lomond, St Kilda, and Glen Rosa on the Isle of Arran, home to a huge variety of wildlife and world-famous natural landscapes. The monitoring and management of these sites adds to our understanding of the natural world and is vital in tackling the climate crisis.
The Arran Ranger Service is a big part of the Island community, and, along with many other staff at Brodick Castle & Country Park have been served notice of threat of redundancy. 10,000 trees have not been planted as a result of Covid impacts, and there have been major setbacks to a peat restoration project that was set to go ahead.
Please read, sign & share to help fight the short sighted NTS senior management approach and help to protect a valuable asset to both Arran and the NTS.
Organisers of the #ForTheLoveOfNature campaign say that the cuts will disproportionately affect rangers and ecologists, and that the Trust is failing to “recognise the value of Scotland’s nature reserves and of the staff who have devoted years and decades to protecting them.”
Keep up to date with the national campaign, at the Save the Rangers Facebook page
And for more information on the situation see the article – How could sweeping NTS redundancies impact Scotland’s landscapes?