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Rangers' aim is a clean and safe city.

A TEAM of Urban Rangers are at the forefront in the battle to keep Coventry looking neat and tidy.

As well as keeping the green spaces looking good, they organise community clean-ups, where volunteers help to clean up sections of Coventry Canal, and green volunteers, where there are fun and games to be had aboard the clean-up boat!

Roland Mackie, a ranger with the service said: "It is a very messy and sometimes wet and muddy task, but with a band of willing volunteers, we all pitch in and get the job done.

"We have the satisfaction of seeing the area in a clean and tidy state at the end, and we all share a cup of tea as a reward for our efforts!"

The Urban Rangers' aim is to improve the enjoyment, understanding, security and safety of Coventry's green spaces, especially where open space is neglected, under-used or feared by local residents.

Common projects include supporting residents, community and 'Friends of' groups; holding events and activities; leading guided walks and talks; and working with schools and local people to try to maintain a clean and safe environment.

The Urban Rangers also work with other agencies, such as Neighbourhood Management, the wardens, police, British Waterways, the Environment Agency, the RSPCA as well as local business and community, attending meetings, supporting projects and dealing with a range of issues in their area.

They keep an eye on sites to make sure any incidents, such as vandalism or fly-tipping are quickly dealt with and that facilities are in a safe and usable condition.

They also organise and carry out a weekly clean up along the Coventry Canal and 'one-off' clean ups in other areas.

Presently the work of the Urban Rangers is focused on Longford Park, the Coventry Canal, Canal Basin and surrounding parks and green spaces. In the future they hope to cover a wider area.

You can contact the Urban Ranger team at Unit 6, Coventry Canal Basin, St Nicholas Street, Coventry, CV1 4LY.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 11, 2007
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