Amanda Brookes sawing a tree
Jan 16 2018

Volunteering Development Officer – Update

Amanda Brookes

Since starting as Volunteer Development Officer for the central region in August 2017, I have been busy learning all about the Woodland Trust and how it supports its many wonderful volunteers. Viewing the Trust ‘with fresh eyes’, I am really impressed with the variety of volunteer roles that are available and it was fascinating to find out about what the various roles entail.

Our volunteers are involved in many facets of Woodland Trust work. To name a few, some are out in the woods, engaged in practical conservation management work, identifying threats to trees, or being our ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground as woodland wardens. Others help us out with vital media, campaigning and admin work, keeping things running.

No matter how they are involved, all of our volunteers play a huge and invaluable part in ensuring that the Woodland Trust meets its aims and objectives allowing it to continue its crucial work, because as I am sure you are aware, trees and Woodlands need our help more than ever.

So, what have I been doing, whilst all of this hard work has been going on? I’ve been getting out across the central region to visit as many woodland working groups as possible, to meet the group members and to learn about the crucial work that these volunteers get involved in. I’ve learnt how to make stakes for a bug hotel, use a log splitter, fell a tree safely using a bow saw and build a fire off the ground. With 16 Woodland Working Groups across the central region, this provides a wonderful opportunity for me to visit and learn more about the variety and history of the woodlands, and about the important work that the groups do for the Woodland Trust.

So, to our volunteers, thank you so much. We couldn’t do it without you!

Amanda Brookes

Volunteer Development Officer – Central region

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