National Trust for Jersey appoints new lands manager

THE National Trust for Jersey has announced 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 four Countryside Rangers who are responsible for protecting and managing the Trust’s ever increasing portfolio of land, which currently comprises 1,300 vergées. 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.