Feb 13 2020

The South West Region


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The South West Region

One of the questions I often get asked is how the South West region is made up both of staff and volunteers.

The South West is also home of Avon Valley Woods . Avon Valley Woods is very special to us because the older woodlands that make up the site were the Woodland Trust’s first acquisitions. Founder of the Woodland Trust, Kenneth Watkins OBE purchased Bedlime Wood on behalf of the Trust on 24 October 1972. So the South West is the birthplace of the trust . Covering over 139 hectares in total, Avon Valley Woods is brimming with wildlife, stunning wild flowers and a wide variety of tree species. It was bought because of fears it would be felled and converted to conifer plantation, in line with the government policies at the time. Avon Valley is a diverse mix of steep, valley-sided ancient woodland and areas of new woodland planted between 2000 and 2004

        

photos of Avon Valley

As of 1st February we have already increased our numbers of volunteers from last year because on 1st December 2019 see link https://whittle.woodlandtrust.org.uk/library/#25-wpfd-south-west-england dashboard for SW and other regions we had 472 volunteers doing 544 roles and as of 1st February we have 501 volunteers undertaking 571 roles.

So what volunteer roles are available? Please see the table below as to the variety of different roles there are, the number is the number of people we have undertaking these roles within the South West as of 1st December 2019.

Volunteer Activity Role Description Number
Admin This volunteer role add value by providing support with administration tasks that support our aims

Interview and references required

2
Advisory Group Member To represent volunteers from the regions and countries by delivering their feedback, asking questions of a national or strategic nature. Interview & references required

 

3
Ancient Tree Lead Verifier To provide support to the network of verifiers by answering queries or providing feedback to records. Add tree records and seek sites where there may be large numbers of trees of special interest. Interview and references required 1
Ancient Tree Verifier Verify new and modified tree records supplied by recorders, enabling us to build a definitive database of ancient trees.Work with recorders and partner organisations to inspire further tree hunting and recording especially in areas where there may be large numbers of trees of special interest 39
Conservation Researcher This role adds values by providing research into potential corporate partners for the Woodland Trust 1
Councillor Tree Champions This role is the eyes and ears of the Woodland Trust at local government level providing an opportunity to influence decision makers for the benefit of woods and trees throughout the UK. 3
Environment Monitor Carry out surveys and providing data on tree diseases, hedgerows, ancient woodland, rivers and/or a range of other habitats.

 

2
Event Leader Lead the planning, delivery and coordination of events at the site.Mentor and coordinate volunteers that have agreed to support the event as needed. Interview and references needed

 

1
Events Volunteers This role involves supporting the organisation at events, engaging new audiences to the Trust and raising awareness about the work of the Woodland Trust 14
Guided Walk Leaders To prepare an appropriate guided walk plan for discussion with your volunteer manager, this includes proposed route, timings, and details of the theme of the walk.

Promote the walks utilising appropriate resources available to you

Interview and references required

6
Historical Researcher To investigate and collect useful information from existing maps, written, graphic, photographic and electronic records. The investigation may also include site surveying/recording of aspects identified from desk-based research.

Interview and references required

1
Lead Volunteer To communicate key messages to volunteers that relate to their roles as agreed with your volunteer manager. To act as the key point of contact for the other volunteers. Interview and references required

 

1
Local Media Volunteers Gather information and images from fellow volunteers about relevant volunteer activity that can be crafted into engaging news articles or updates for publication on Whittle, Social media and local news 2
National Panel Member To represent volunteers from the regions and countries by delivering their feedback, asking questions of a national or strategic nature. Interview & references required 1
Photographer Volunteers will be asked to sign a non-exclusive licence to enable any photographs taken for this task to be used to by the Woodland Trust to support our work, but the copyright remains with you so that you can also use these photos.

Interview and references needed

 

7
Site Based Volunteer The site based volunteer will support the Woodland Trust site manager in monitoring the condition of the site on a regular basis, and with simple maintenance, with regard to the best interests of the visiting public and native wildlife.

 

3
Super Campaigner – Online As a Super Campaigner you will be the voice of the Trust, taking actions, either online or offline, to spread the messages of the Campaigns Team to a broader 3
Threat Detectors Analysing the planning registers from week to week for new planning proposals and developments that may impact on ancient woods and native trees for your designated area. 14
Tree Health Champion This role will involve carrying out regular field surveys for the presence/absence of specific pests and diseases on common tree species and/or monitoring the health of selected individual trees 25
Tree Health Champion Lead Respond to enquiries the Woodland Trust receives from members of the public who have questions about tree or hedge planting and woodland creation

Interview and references needed

1
Vol – Research To investigate and collect useful information from existing maps, written, graphic, photographic and electronic records. The investigation may also include site surveying/recording of aspects identified from desk-based research. Interview and references required

 

8
Volunteer Speakers Talks typically last for 40 minutes with time after for questions. The presentations are delivered using a PowerPoint presentation (which we provide, along with a projector if required), along with accompanying notes. You will present to a variety of different groups, including: gardening groups, wildlife groups, local history societies, archaeological groups, Rotary, WI, Probus, and field societies.

Interview and references needed

 

12
Warden Walk the site on a regular basis noting things such as: interesting wildlife, maintenance issues or site problems/damaging activities

Interview and references needed

 

69

 

Many of our volunteers are based in our woods, and huge thanks goes out to Chris Stephens one of our volunteers who has produce this fantastic map of all of our volunteers based in our woods please see South West volunteers relationship to woods https://whittle.woodlandtrust.org.uk/library/#25-wpfd-south-west-england

Steve Belbin who works within the National Volunteering team produced this map of where all of our volunteers are based within the South West South West volunteers December 19

Alongside our fantastic volunteers we also have regional staff who all live with the region please see the link https://whittle.woodlandtrust.org.uk/library/#25-wpfd-south-west-england for the staff chart for the South West.

All the documents and maps mentioned within this article can be found in the library section on Whittle regions & countries then South West, or click onto the South West tab of the news and the documents should appear down the side.

Thank you to each and every volunteer within the South West region for everything that you do for us.

Amanda Bealing Volunteer Development Officer South West

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