Message From Ross Kennerley South West Regional Director
Dear South West volunteers
It’s certainly been a challenging year for volunteering. Whilst much environmental volunteering was heavily affected the volunteer sector as a whole really came to the fore during 2020. The social benefits for those who undertake volunteering, and for those who are supported by volunteering, have been really obvious. Volunteering has really helped everyone during 2020.
It’s also been good to see that volunteers in the South West have led the way in returning to our woods where possible, with the covid safe trials at Fingle testing out safe ways of working, undertaking a range of survey and woodland management tasks . Although as I write we are in the second lockdown I’m confident volunteering will come back with real energy across the trusts activities.
The importance of volunteering in addressing the climate, nature and health emergencies as we move into 2021 can’t be understated – with woods and trees part of the solution for all three of these global challenges.
As we look forward to what we all hope is a more positive year in 2021 my thanks to all of you. There are and will be opportunities for you to broaden your volunteer activity with the Trust, whether that is active work in our woodlands, support to our citizen science and research work, or assisting with campaigning; please do consider taking on other roles.
Best wishes to you, your families and your friends.