Back in the Woods
Lynsey Ewan is a member of the Kinclaven Bluebell Wood Woodland Working Group, as well as a Woodland Trust Member of staff – she coordinates the activity of our Membership Development Officers.
The Kinclaven group ran a very successful first activity day since lockdown last week. Lynsey has shared her experience of it, and what it meant to her her. Here is her heartwarming piece:
Yesterday, our Woodland Working Group finally got to regroup for the first time since lockdown, and I think it’s safe to say that we were all really missing the woods and each other. There was a great turnout this time, and lots of smiles, everyone was as eager as ever to be there. It was so lovely to catch up with some of the group, even although we obviously needed to keep our distance, so much has happened since we last met.
I really needed the social interaction again, and although we were working in small groups, we still managed to have a chat and a laugh together, while pulling out a good bit of spruce regeneration. We’re usually pretty well spread out through the woods anyway, so it didn’t feel too different really. Just the usual shouts of joy at finding a big clump of spruce saplings to haul out, and some hilarity or other echoing around the trees. There’s something about working together in this way, a sense of camaraderie perhaps, that really helps feed the soul. This year in particular, with all the challenges of the pandemic, has highlighted a need for feeling more connected with my fellow humans, especially those with the same sense of purpose and concern for our environment.
We were lucky enough, as seems to be the case in general at Kinclaven Bluebell Wood, to have enough of a dry spell to get on with our allotted tasks, with the rain holding off until we headed back to the car park. We were entertained with the many red squirrels at the site, took delight in finding many species of fungi as we worked, and just enjoyed being present in the woods together. I’m sure that we get quite a lot of work done, because it just doesn’t feel like work at all. We are particularly fortunate to have such a friendly group; everyone is welcomed and encouraged to join in the banter, and there’s plenty of banter. It’s such a tonic to spend time with the WWG at Kinclaven, and especially appreciated in these strange times. I just love my volunteering role with the Trust.
Woodland Trust Scotland Membership Development Coordinator, and member of Kinclaven Bluebell Wood Woodland Working Group