Community day at Uffmoor Wood a huge success!
On Saturday 7th August, we welcomed visitors to Uffmoor Wood for the first ever ‘Feel Good in the Wood’ open day event! Support for the day was provided by the Uffmoor Dog Ambassadors, a friendly bunch of Woodland Trust volunteers who welcome visitors to the site and tell them all about how brilliant Uffmoor is, as a place to explore, to stroll around with our four-legged friends and as an excellent place for wildlife. They are happy to answer any questions about the site, providing information about nature conservation, access, routes through the wood and lots more.
During the event visitors were able to discover how wonderful Uffmoor is for wildlife, but also their own wellbeing. The free event was supported by lots of local organisations who set up stalls in the wood to chat to visitors including the West Midlands Bird Club, Butterfly Conservation Trust, and Botanical Society for Britain and Ireland.
On the day visitors joined in our free guided walks and dog taster sessions, or just enjoyed a wander around the woodland and a moment to stop and pause in our ‘tree-laxation station’. There was fun for families too with our DIY bug hunt and sensory trail, as well as a free-tree giveaway. Despite lots of rain we welcomed just over 100 visitors and signed up 1 member.
The people who attended the event went away knowing a bit more about Uffmoor and appreciated the chance to meet staff and volunteers from the Woodland Trust and other organisations. We received positive feedback, such as “A very interesting journey through the woods. We have both learnt a lot about trees, very well done” and “The woodland was beautiful but the trust volunteers and guides were wonderful 🙂”.
Jenny Carpenter, Engagement and Communication Officer for Central England said: “A huge, huge thank you to all the Uffmoor Wood volunteers who made this happen, it was a big team effort and really appreciated by the visitors”.
Amanda Brookes: Volunteering Development Officer and Jenny Carpenter: Engagement and Communication Officer – Central England
Images by Jenny Carpenter and Jane Ward