Colnbrook and Poyle are to get the area’s first dedicated ‘community ranger.’

The Ranger – sponsored by Heathrow – will work closely with Slough Borough Council and police.

John Hern - nicknamed Barney - is 51 and has worked in the grounds maintenance industry for nearly 20 years as well as being a trained and qualified carpenter.

During his first month in the role, John has managed large litter picking efforts – filling over 40 bags worth of rubbish – and has planted 70 marigolds with residents at Colnfest. Next major works on the list include tidying up the Colnbrook Bypass and planting new flower boxes along Old Bath Road.

Ongoing day-to-day tasks will include gardening, litter picking, monitoring HGVs and private hire vehicles as well as reporting any fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. The role will also help to deliver hands-on community days in local primary schools, involving painting, gardening and other practical tasks to help build better, brighter school grounds.

Mr Hern said: "Stepping into this role is an exciting opportunity to help make a real difference to the local community. I look forward to getting my hands dirty and becoming a known friendly face in the community, working closely with local teams to make the area an even better place to live.”

The new full-time position, funded by Heathrow, is an initiative of the airport’s Better Neighbour programme.