Celebrating ten years of the Worcester Woods Country Park volunteer group

Published Tuesday, 9th December 2014

From hedge laying to clearing brambles, over the last ten years, volunteers from Worcester Woods Country Park have been busy working to preserve and enhance the city’s woods.

Dedicated volunteers meet every Thursday to undertake conservation tasks within the country park, including coppicing, hedge laying, and installing kissing gates and park furniture.

Staff originally set up the weekly group with Jane Pond being the first of many recruits. Jane has been offering up help to the Country Park for the past ten years with one of her first tasks being to clear out all the brambles and scrub from Hornhill Orchard. She turned up on the first day having seen the sign up outside the café and has been working every week since, clocking up more than 3000 hours of volunteering within the park.

Tanya Feasey Assistant Countryside Sites Officer said: 'It's great that our volunteer group is still going strong after ten years. We now have a regular group of dedicated volunteers but are always looking out for new volunteers for our friendly Thursday group.'

Anyone interested in joining the voluntary group can do so, by contacting the countryside centre on 01905 766155. Volunteers can expect to undertake various conservation tasks such as coppicing, scrub clearance and hedgelaying. This group attracts people of all abilities and getting outside and doing practical conservation work is an excellent way to burn off calories and get fit. 

No previous experience is necessary but volunteers need to enjoy the outdoors and be fit enough to undertake physical work.

For more information contact Rob or Tanya on 01905 766155.