Surrey event success
Surrey volunteers enjoy networking event
The weather was glorious on 1st September, when I was joined by 32 of my lovely volunteers for the Surrey & London Border Volunteer Networking and Thank You Event. We gathered at Bourne Hall, near Epsom and it was nice to welcome so many volunteers from different woods. I told them how proud I was of the work they are doing and said that this Thank You event was a small gesture of our appreciation.
I spent the morning updating them on ‘volunteer matters’ and then they had the chance to provide feedback. We’re always keen to hear how we can improve your volunteer experience so this was a good opportunity to hear their views. We spent lunch time chatting to each other and finding out about volunteering in the different woods. The Outreach Team came along for the morning session and had lunch with us, before heading to nearby Ashtead Common to look at the magnificent ancient trees, villa remains and earthworks.
The highlight of the day was the talk by Tim Richardson, a living historian who wowed the volunteers with his stories, pictures and artefacts. He talked about Tadworth and Langley Vale Wood and how this area was used in World War I, which led nicely into the guided walk that 15 volunteers came along to enjoy. Thanks Tim!
Alan Aylward, a Lead Volunteer at Langley Vale, led the walk and fellow volunteers, John Mansbridge and David Hatcher helped him by identifying items of interest, such as fungi and the Verdun oak – an oak tree linked to the Battle of Verdun – along the way.
Thanks Alan, John and David – it was a very enjoyable and informative walk!