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WORK LIFE-TOMORROW'S PEOPLE

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Chris Buggy, head of countryside service, Wokingham DC ...
Chris Buggy, head of countryside service, Wokingham DC

WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE?

Conservation management is the aim, but with a million visitors a year, it is about people too. We want them to enjoy the sites. We manage two country parks, three local nature reserves and other sites, plus a site of special scientific interest. We also host the residents' biodiversity forum.

WHAT HAPPENS DAY TO DAY?

It is very varied. It could be dealing with budget pressures, forward planning, or commenting on planning applications. There are huge development pressures and we try to minimise the impact on wildlife and nature.

AND YOUR PREVIOUS CAREER?

I was with the National Trust in Northumberland and went to university to study environmental management. I came here as a countryside officer in 1989.

WHERE DID YOU BEGIN?

At music college in Newcastle, learning to play the drums. I am still a regular drummer.

PERSONALLY?

I am married and have two sons aged 13 and 16. They are both international junior athletes, representing Great Britain in white-water canoeing slalom.

WHAT NEXT?

There are so many challenges at my level I need more learning just to do my job now, but I want to retain a balance between my work and my family.

Chris Buggy wants to retain a balance between work and family

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