Chris Jones
Chris Jones
Team Leader - Parks & Open Spaces

I have worked in a local authority and educational environment for some 25 years and have always tried to improve on both quality and standards of maintenance in public amenity space.

I currently look after a small team who are responsible for the strategic management of parks and open spaces in Telford. This involves commenting on planning applications to help design out future maintenance issues, looking after some 15 million trees, and securing capital funding to upgrade our four formal parks, open spaces, and play areas to make them exciting places to visit. Over the past few years I have instigated and promoted growing meadows composed of flowering annuals on our traffic roundabout which has been a great success providing both attractive summer colour at an affordable price and habitat value particularly for insects. With the changes in recent legislation I am currently looking at a range of options for amenity weed control to deliver significant savings for the authority and to adhere to the requirements of the sustainable use and water framework directives.