Jan 04 2022

Happy New Year and some news

As a New Year dawns, we look forward, even in this time of uncertainty. We are united in our love of nature and a commitment to do good for woods and trees, the wildlife that call them home and the people who enjoy them. It’s a time of great excitement as we plan what we can achieve in the coming months. Thank you for staying on the journey with us.


A New Year is also, however, a time for change, and it is with sadness that we bid farewell to one half of the Volunteer Development duo, Lucy Shea, who has been in post since Summer 2019. Lucy has made a great impact in her role and will be missed by all she has worked with and supported. 


Lucy says: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work at the Woodland Trust! The role of the Volunteer Development Officer is a special one, as you are in the inspiring position to work closely with a remarkable staff and volunteer team all of whom are knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated to trees, woods and wildlife. I have learnt much in my time working here and have enjoyed getting to know many of you at events, during practical tasks in our woods and, more recently, when sitting behind my laptop on a virtual meeting at home! The Woodland Trust is a remarkable Charity and I plan to stay connected as a regular supporter and in a volunteer capacity, so I very much hope our paths will cross again in the future.


I am moving onto a new role as the Clerk to Banstead Commons Conservators helping to support operations across the four sites that make up Banstead Commons, which are located in the North Downs, Surrey.  As someone who grew up exploring the Commons with her dog, this was an opportunity I couldn’t miss and I hope my new role will bring as much joy and satisfaction as working at the Woodland Trust has these past two years.


A massive thank you to you, our volunteers, for making my time a special one.  I wish you all the very best for the future and let’s hope that more people get inspired and realise nature’s therapy as we continue to protect, restore and create woodlands and other precious habitats for wildlife and future generations to enjoy!”

Thank you again, Lucy, for all that you have done and of course to our wider volunteer team who also make our work possible.

Words: Anna Claxton and Lucy Shea, Volunteer Development Officers (South East)

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