september, 2021

02sep9:30 am4:00 pmVolunteer face-to-face thank you and networking event!Event Type :South East


Event Details

The South East Team are excited to invite you to join our in-person volunteer thank you and networking event at Langley Vale Wood on Thursday 2 September.


After your arrival and a chance to say hi to some fellow volunteers, you will enjoy a guided walk around this stunning site set in the rolling hills of the North Downs, Surrey. Led by our dedicated volunteer guided walk leaders, you will be able to choose between a walk that focuses either on the historical significance of the wood or a wildlife special which will lead through part of the butterfly transect and pockets of ancient woodland.


Lunch will be spent together with staff and volunteers in the Community Orchard with breathtaking views over the site and Epsom Downs Racecourse before an afternoon focussing on tracking, monitoring and recording: the three long-term citizen science projects at the Woodland Trust.  Citizen Science Manager Kate Lewthwaite will introduce these scientifically and culturally important projects and there will be the chance to get hands-on with some practical activities.


As if all this wasn’t enough, we will finish the day with a relaxing session unleashing our inner artists by trying our hands at Green Sketching with Sharon Drew.


Special guests

Dr Kate Lewthwaite has been involved in citizen science projects at the Woodland Trust for over 15 years and is passionate about public engagement with science. Her team deliver Nature’s Calendar (recording the signs of seasonal events), Ancient Tree Inventory (a register of the UK’s notable, veteran and ancient trees) and Observatree (monitoring tree health).

Sharon Drew has lived and worked as an artist and tutor in East London for over 30 years. Her contemporary abstract paintings have recently been featured in interiors magazines Elle Decoration, Livingetc and Soho Home website.  She has had many solo shows and has regularly been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Landscape is the original source of Sharon’s paintings and during the past year she has taken her teaching outdoors to nearby Epping Forest where she has been running Green Sketching sessions.

Sharon states:  To spend time outside drawing from observation means seeing and noticing in ways we just don’t do otherwise.  To give time and attention to the natural world and respond by drawing reinforces a bond with nature.  Green Sketching is about the process and connection and not the quality of the drawing.

All necessary precautions as advised by the UK Government will be adhered to.  Refreshments will be provided, however, we kindly ask that you bring your own pack lunch and snacks with you on the day.

Please email to register your interest.

© Photography Harriet MacSween 2020

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Anna and Lucy


(Thursday) 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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