Apr 06 2022

Welcome to new Volunteering Development Officer – Laura Metcalfe

March saw the South East region welcome our new Volunteering Development Officer, Laura, who brings with her a wealth of experience, both in volunteer management and the field of conservation. Over to Laura to introduce herself…


“Hello, everyone. I hope you are all getting out to enjoy the spring flowers, witness the first buds on the trees and bask in the warmth of those occasional bouts of sunshine! 

I just wanted to introduce myself as we begin the spring of 2022, as a new member of the South East regional team. I have worked with volunteers throughout my career in various wildlife and conservation roles, including managing a woodland ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ and taking part in captive breeding and reintroduction programmes for British wildlife.

I feel very fortunate to have had so many wonderful wildlife adventures through my career, including working with tawny owls, badgers, hedgehogs and brown bears, to name a few!

It was a pleasure to take part in the protection and preservation of our native wildlife species, learning about vital conservation efforts for them, and understanding the importance of their woodland habitats.

I am really looking forward to working with all of you and being part of the important work carried out by the Woodland Trust. The natural world has always meant a lot to me – from early childhood growing up in Canada and America, I have always enjoyed being outdoors, no matter the weather!  I can’t wait to make a contribution to the amazing work of the South East team and the wider Woodland Trust.

I am looking forward to meeting you all.”


Thank you, Laura, and we hope you are very happy as part of the team. 


Words: Laura Metcalfe and Anna Claxton, Volunteer Development Officers, South East

Pic: Laura Metcalfe

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