Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Volunteers

Volunteers play a massive part in the running of National Trust properties and this is no different at Wenlock Edge. We are very fortunate in that we have a small team of regular volunteers who come out with us every Tuesday, carrying an ever expanding range of jobs. Throughout Autumn and Winter jobs such as clearing vegetation from footpaths and geological exposures take priority as birds are not nesting. During Spring and Summer installing gates, clearing drains on footpaths and fencing are just a few of the tasks that keep us and them busy.
We also have volunteers who give their valuable time as and when they can, these volunteers tend to help out more with forestry operations.
Some of the jobs that need doing are ideally suited to big groups of people, clearing scrub from the limestone grasslands requires a big fire and many people to cut, drag and then load the fire. Fantastic results are always achieved, even in a single day, many hands definately make light work. Some of the groups that we have worked with recently include 20, 12-16 year old members of the Greek Orthodox Church and a group of teenagers from Much Wenlock.
We are regularly visited by the Wolverhampton National Trust Conservation Volunteers who carry out many different tasks, they recently made 50 bird boxes for our ongoing nest box project and seem to really enjoy scrub clearance and fires.

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