Oct 30 2019

If you go down to the woods this Saturday…Avon Valley Woods Volunteer Taster Days

This Saturday the Woodland Trust is kicking off new regular volunteer work days in the Avon Valley Woods, to involve local people in helping to care for these special woods.


The Avon Valley Woods is one of the largest areas of open access woodland in south Devon, covering over 139 hectares in total. Parts of the woods cover the steep-side valley alongside the bubbling River Avon. They also include the Woodland Trust’s first wood ever acquired by founder Kenneth Watkins OBE in 1972 which saved it from being felled. Higher up, areas of new woodland were planted between 2000 and 2004 and it is here that the new volunteer group will set to work – coppicing new growth and laying hedges to create a more mixed woodland structure. Now local people are being invited to play their part in protecting this incredible woodland.


The Trust is running taster days to allow people to try out volunteering before making a decision on whether to join the regular volunteer group which will have work party days twice a month. These days start this Saturday 2 Nov, and continue Wednesday 6 November, Wednesday 4 December and Saturday 7 December.


Rachel Harries, Woodland Trust engagement officer says

“What better way to spend an autumn day than learning the ancient craft of coppicing in the woods? Volunteers will also be improving access for people and creating diverse habitats for wildlife. Anyone is welcome to come along to a couple of sessions to try it out. No experience is necessary as you’ll be working alongside our professional local woodsman and ecologist, Dave Barker, who will provide tools and training. Looking forward to next year; we’re hoping the volunteer group will also carry out wildlife surveys in the woods to see the difference their work is making.”


For more information visit: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/events or call 0330 333 3300

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