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Windsor Great Park's deputy ranger reflects on one year in the role

Windsor Great Park's deputy ranger reflects on one year in the role

Tara O'Connor

Windsor Great Park's deputy ranger reflects on one year in the role

Paul Sedgwick was appointed deputy ranger at Windsor Great Park last August. Coming up to his first anniversary in the post, Express reporter TARA O’CONNOR spoke to Paul as he reflected on the past year.  

 

 

During a visit to Windsor Great Park bathed in sunlight, it was easy to understand why Paul Sedgewick is so happy in his new role.

The deputy ranger has the task of managing 185 staff members at the park, which welcomes around three million visitors a year.

The 42-year-old said: "There is no such thing as a typical day for me.

"One of the most interesting things about this job is the sense of history and that sense of responsibility to make sure you're doing what's right for the park."

Paul is ambitious and said one of the most important things he wants to achieve is to get the park onto a 'sound financial footing'.

By next year he aims to turn the £1.4million deficit the park has reported this year into profit.

He added: "If all goes well, we will be in profit this year."

Paul is obviously enthusiastic about the park and his job. When asked what makes him good at it, he said his 'high energy levels' and the new perspective he brings has helped him so far.

"When you're new to a business you see things differently to people who have been there a long time," he explained.

The park's environmental footprint is important to the Crown Estate, and during a drive around the park on Tuesday, July 21, he was keen to show me a new biomass heating system.

It will be officially opened later this year and burns wood, providing heating and energy with less effect on the environment than fossil fuels.

The heating system already serves 65 houses in the village on the western side of the park.

After a year in his job, Paul says he is still getting to know the park and thinks it will take around four years to fully know it.

He added his most memorable moment of the past year was receiving the Queen to light the first beacon to mark the anniversary of VE Day on the Long Walk.

The ranger lives in the park with wife, Lisa, a theatre nurse, and children Honour, three, Emily, seven, and Archie, 10.

His family has settled into life in Windsor and Paul said his daughter Honour is particularly taken with the changing of the guards and the whole family watch it every Saturday.

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