All good inductions start with cake!
We had 12 enthusiastic volunteers turn up to the first new volunteer inductions to be held in the South West.
We started off with tea and coffee and lemon drizzle cake, well who does not like a bit of cake, and Mary Berry’s lemon drizzle tray bake never fails to deliver!
After introductions we got onto to the induction, which was well received and the volunteers said that they felt that they know much more about the wider work of the trust.
The volunteers were all from a new group affiliated to Great Hill Wood. Great Hill Wood lies 500m to the south of the village of Chillington in the South Hams area of Devon. It was planted in December 1998/9 with native broadleaved trees, as part of the Woodland Trust’s Woods on Your Doorstep Project, on a grass field that rises to a small but prominent hill. The area is a mixed landscape, with the hill central to the site lying in a shallow valley surrounded by arable and pastureland. A number of other woodland creation projects on private land also exist in the area. Species rich hedges surround the site dividing it from the adjacent fields.
The woodland has a network of rides throughout and an open glade which provides a viewpoint near the hill top and is an important feature of the design developed with the community.
The main Millennium feature selected by the community was an orchard of local varieties of fruit tree which is situated in the north west of the site, nearest to the village and has been used for community apple pressing events. Additionally a small clump of pine was planted on top of the hill and a number of simple wooden benches installed along the main path leading to the viewpoint.
The site is well used by the local community and the paths are heavily used. There are many links into the local rights of way network from the site entrances.
It was great to meet with such an eager new group, who are planning a meet up just to walk around the wood to all get to know each other before their first woodland working party
Thanks goes to Piers and Nigel for organising the hall and projector for the evening.
Amanda Bealing – Volunteer Development Officer – South West