New Staff: Engagement and Communications Officer – South Wales!
Maggie has recently joined the Wales team. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce her to all you volunteers out there….
What is your new job title? What will you be doing and where?
I am the new Engagement and Communications Officer for South Wales!
What are you most looking forward to in your role?
Getting to know all the varied Woodland Sites in South Wales and the people who visit them!
What do you like most about woodland?
I am at my most relaxed when I’m in the woods and practice Forest Bathing daily. I am really interested in Woodland foraging and can make an excellent Wild Garlic Butter in the Spring and a Haw Ketchup in the Autumn, I also love the changing of the seasons.
What work were you doing before?
I have been working in Social Forestry for the past 8 years at Coed Lleol (The Welsh part of The Small Woods Association) and for the Countryside and Wildlife Team of Neath Port Talbot Council. I took groups out weekly for woodland sessions which included foraging, tree identification, species monitoring, volunteering, OCN (Open College Network) training and lots more. I loved seeing the difference two hours in a woodland made to a person’s sense of wellbeing and am hugely passionate about linking trees to health.
Have you done any volunteering before? Highlights/stories of your volunteer experience?
I started off as a volunteer in Penllergare Valley Woods in Swansea 10 years ago where I worked on a Rhododendron Project and volunteered as part of their Woodland Work Parties. I loved volunteering and still volunteer in my local Barry Groups now, I wouldn’t be in this Career if it wasn’t for volunteering!