Special Branch Update – December 2019

Hello everyone


Allow me to introduce myself, I’m Charlotte your new Assistant Campaigner.


For the past two weeks I have been getting my boots under the table and getting to grips with my new role at the Woodland Trust.


I have been having a look at your Twitter accounts and reading your blogs in between my training. It’s wonderful to see how passionate you all are about promoting the Trust’s campaigns for woods and trees, and seeing your unique, creative ways of getting our messages out there.


Over the next couple of weeks I will be giving each of you a quick call so we can get to know each other better. I am looking forward to finding out why you are passionate about woods and trees and what makes you tick. It will also a good opportunity for you to talk to me about your experiences as a Super Campaigner, raise any queries and provide any feedback.


I can’t wait to find out more about you, but to start off, here’s a little bit about me.


I moved to Nottingham two years ago and reconnected with a childhood love for wildlife through volunteering. Once I realised how happy it made me, I decided I should use my skills as journalist, and press officer to protect our precious wildlife.


I volunteer at Budby South Forest, a lowland heath habitat north of Sherwood Forest. Tiger beetles and solitary bees have moved into the patches of bare ground we dug for them, and oil beetles have scurried past while we work. Gazing out across the waves of purple blooms in the summer, it makes me feel lucky to live so close to such a rare and beautiful habitat, and proud to be giving my time to protect it.


I am also a member of Keeping it Wild, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s youth team. I learn about wildlife conservation and do my best to give younger members the confidence to go out and live wild lives. We manage Woodthorpe Meadow, a small area full of different species and I have particularly loved learning to identify fungi this autumn.


That’s more than enough about me; it’s time to learn more about you. I will give each of you a call in the coming weeks, but feel free to drop me a line whenever you like.


I look forward to getting to know you all.


Best wishes,




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