The National Trust for Jersey is delighted to announce the appointment of Jon Parkes as its new Lands Manager. Educated at Les Quennevais and Hautlieu, Jon initially worked for Durrell’s Landscape Department before joining the National Trust in 2003 as a Countryside Ranger. During his time as a ranger he has gained a wealth of experience in conservation and land management, both on a practical and academic level, and has been involved in a number of key projects including the refurbishment of Devil’s Hole as well as co-authoring a children’s woodland education publication entitled “Kicking Leaves and Hugging Trees”.
Jon will now lead a team of 4 Countryside Rangers who are responsible for protecting and managing the Trust’s ever increasing portfolio of land which currently comprises 1300 vergées of land. Some of his duties will include liaising with the Trust’s land’s tenants and contractors, co-ordinating volunteers, and overseeing the Trust’s involvement in projects like the Bird’s on the Edge Project and the exciting new Wetland Centre development at St Ouen’s Pond.
Jon Parkes, Lands Manager of The National Trust for Jersey, commented:
“I’m very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to help care for some of Jersey’s most beautiful and valued areas for the benefit of our island. I have a great team who are truly passionate and dedicated to protecting our natural environment, and we are all looking forward to further enhancing the Trust’s role as the Island’s leading nature conservation organisation”.
Celia Jeune, President of The National Trust for Jersey, stated:
“I am delighted to think that we have been able to nurture a member of staff to take over from our previous excellent Lands Manager. It is a demanding task combining passion for the countryside, management skills, knowledge of wildlife habitats and how to enhance them over a number of years and the ability to pass on knowledge to others. I am confident that Jon will continue to grow into the job with enthusiasm and confidence”.