Thinking outside the box -successful volunteer event at the Box Moor Trust
Volunteers got together on a sunny Saturday morning for an event at the Box Moor Trust centre, near Hemel Hempstead. Hosted in the beautifully renovated Box Moor Trust headquarters, the volunteers from Heartwood Forest and Tring Park enjoyed presentations by Woodland Trust staff. Hannah Burgess, Visitor Experience Officer for Tring Park showed the group her work to improve certain areas of the park, from improving signage and interpretation to creating a wildlife mural to brighten up an otherwise grey alleyway. Hannah also worked with Tring History Society, the Natural History Museum and a local PHD student to create ‘Walter’s Wander’, an engaging family-orientated walking trail around the park which invites participants to imagine walking the park with former owner Walter Rothschild.
The volunteers were given a general volunteering update and then Nick Hall, the Health Safety and Environment Manager spoke to the group about dangerous and toxic plants. Nick gave an update about tick bites and Lyme disease and informed the group about the presence of the Oak Processionary Moth, which has been found on a few Woodland Trust sites in the south and central regions. Please see the guidance notes for these on Whittle.
Nature’s Calendar, Observatree and the Ancient Tree Inventory make up the Woodland Trust’s Citizen Science projects, and the volunteers were told about the aims of these projects and how volunteers are integral to the collection and verification of data.
In the afternoon Box Moor Trust Estate Manager Peter Samson, led an interesting guided walk for the group, providing a background to the work of the Box Moor Trust, it’s conservation aims and use of Belted Galloway cattle and other rare breeds for grazing.
In all a lovely day! Thanks to everyone who came.
Amanda Brookes – VDO Central