We bid a fond farewell to Ranger Ken Scott last month. Ken was the Loch Ken Trust’s first ever Loch Ken Ranger and paved the way for us as one of the first community led Ranger Services in Scotland.
Over his eighteen months employment Ken has patrolled the loch over 200 times and responded to over 166 incidents including dirty camping, campfire damage, wildlife crime, pollution and fly-tipping, often working in conjunction with partner agencies such as D&G Council Community Safety team, D&G Council Access Officer, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Police Scotland Wildlife Crime team.
Education sessions were a very important part of Ken’s work and funding allowed him to host loch side events for a number of local schools.
Ken said ‘It’s very exciting that our next generation are growing up with the knowledge to help them look after this beautiful environment’
Ken’s commitment to his work has ensured our beautiful Loch has been better cared for, enabling everyone to enjoy our natural world responsibly.
Local landowners commented on the vast reduction of antisocial behaviour and rubbish left on their land since Ken took up his position in April last year.
Ken was instrumental in the setup of our Visitor Management Plan and his friendly presence around the loch will certainly be missed by all.
We would like to thank Ken for all the amazing work he has done over the past eighteen months. Ken will certainly be missed around the loch by all his friends and colleagues. The Loch Ken Trust and Ranger Service wish him all the best for the future.
Our most recently appointed Ranger Leanne Pumpr will continue with patrols around the Loch.