Sep 26 2019

Woodland Trust branded uniform for volunteers

It has been the national policy for the last three years and remains so to offer every volunteer a polo shirt, but issue no other branded clothing. We will replace polo shirts if requested as they fade or get damaged. We do not supply fleeces, waterproofs or other branded clothing due to the cost involved. We absolutely value all our volunteers (just over 3000 of you!) and the added value they bring as much as we also value the kind donations of our members and supporters. While some specific funded projects have funded some branded clothing in recent years, this has only been done transparently with these funders and has usually been related to promoting the specific project.

 

We have been asked by a number of volunteers whether we can make these items available for sale and this is potentially an option we are exploring for the future. At this time though, we are not able to offer branded clothing for sale or site specific clothing.

 

The Woodland Trust supplies personal protective equipment for volunteers as identified on their role risk assessment. This can typically include items such as hard hats, gloves, safety googles, high-vis bibs and steel toe caps.

 

Please speak with Lucy Shea if you haven’t received your polo shirt – LucyShea@woodlandtrust.org.uk

4 Comments
  • JamesLow

    I find the position of the Trust on this matter somewhat disappointing. As a woodland warden I represent the front face of the Trust with the public and members throughout the year in all weathers offering advice, information and promoting and defending the organisation. I am in my wood at least five days out of every seven. Apart from volunteering time I am happy to bear the cost of fuel and wear and tear and depreciation of my car etc. etc.
    Is it so unreasonable therefore to ask that wardens like myself be provided with a decent waterproof outdoor jacket bearing the Trust logo? Most of your wardens are likely to be relatively mature of age and will find the brightly coloured hoodie type clothing offered as being totally unsuitable and inappropriate.

    October 30, 2019 at 7:23 pm
  • Sarah Shaw

    Hi James, Thank you for your message. I’m replying on behalf of Lucy as she is out of the office this week. We would love to provide waterproofs to all our volunteers but unfortunately as a charity relying mainly on public funds we are unable to justify waterproof clothing to all 3300 of our volunteers. The cost of this would be too much for our organisation and the logistics would be impossible with such a small team. We do however encourage all volunteers to claim their travel and reasonable out of pocket expenses whilst volunteering with us, we would encourage you to claim the mileage for your travel at the very least. Any personal protective equipment such as hi-viz tabards, gloves and hard hats that are vital to safety within a role and appear on a risk assessment will be paid for by the Trust. I am sure that Lucy will pick up any individual issues relating to your role separately when she is back.

    November 1, 2019 at 9:13 am
  • JamesLow

    Sarah,
    I have not suggested that all 3300 volunteers be provided with a waterproof jacket, just wardens for the reason I have given.
    Instead of the new volunteer panel use the considerable cost of same to provide outdoor jackets (with logo ).
    Jim.

    November 1, 2019 at 9:36 am
  • Sarah Shaw

    Hi Jim,
    We have nearly 1000 Wardens volunteering across the country and a number of other roles based within the woods which could all put a good case forward for branded waterproof clothing but unfortunately at this time the Trust cannot justify the expense this would cost. Please contact Lucy when she is back from annual leave if you would like to discuss this further.

    November 5, 2019 at 3:17 pm

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