Loch Ken Trust appoints new ranger

Retired Kirkcudbright police officer Ken Scott has been appointed as the new Loch Ken Seasonal Ranger.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 12:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 8:19 pm
New ranger Ken Scott (right) with Loch Ken Trust chairman Alan Smith
New ranger Ken Scott (right) with Loch Ken Trust chairman Alan Smith

Working in partnership with the Glenkens & District Trust, the Loch Ken Trust used funding from a variety of sources, including a contribution from the Blackcraig Wind Farm Community Fund, to recruit a ranger to support users and communities around the loch through the summer.

Ken said: “I feel privileged to have been chosen for this new and very exciting position and thank the trustees for affording me the opportunity to launch and develop this role.

"After first visiting Loch Ken in the 1990s and more recently relocating to Kirkcudbright I started using the loch recreationally, truly learning just how special this area of Dumfries and Galloway is.

"The warm and welcoming people I have met at every juncture have made this a special place for me and I look forward to working with the Loch Ken trustees on behalf of local communities, businesses, user groups and visitors, enriching their experience of the loch.

"Initially I will be prioritising my time to be at the loch during periods of peak activity and hoping to meet as many people as possible out and about.

"Outside of those times I would encourage any issues be brought to my attention, either by email or phone.

"I appreciate there is a vast amount of work to be done over the next six months, but in collaboration with the communities, I envisage the building blocks being laid to make the ranger role a success for this and future years.”

Trust chairman Alan Smith said: “Many thanks to everyone that applied for the position, we were blown away by the quantity and quality of the applicants.

"We are delighted that Ken has taken on the role, assisting the range of volunteers and partners around the area to ensure visitors and residents get the best from the amazing asset that is the loch.

"This feels like a significant milestone and while we are not yet able to provide a full-time ranger presence, the Loch Ken Trust has a number of funding applications underway which will hopefully allow us to increase coverage in due course.”

To contact the Loch Ken Trust email [email protected]