Grown in Britain Volunteering Scheme expands
Grown in Britain has developed a scheme which coordinates volunteers to assist in woodland projects around the country.
This scheme was inspired by the wealth of support from the construction sector for the work of Grown in Britain.
Contractors and their staff have always volunteered across a range of typical ‘hut painting’ and ‘scrub bashing’ scenarios, but, being part of the Grown in Britain campaign, they wanted to apply more of their skills to help our woods and forests to thrive.
So, as part of the project Making Local Woods Work Grown in Britain worked with construction expert and GiB ambassador Charlie law, to develop a complete tool kit for both those wishing to volunteer and for those wanting volunteers. In particular, the project aims to work with and support woodland social enterprises across the UK.
The areas of help offered are very varied but could include help with:
– Tree Planting and general woodland management
– Footpath and fencing maintenance
– Construction project planning
And so much more!
An example of a current woodland project is Vert Woods Community Woodland . They are currently restoring the current 69ha Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) located in an area of Upper and Lower Vert Wood in Laughton, East Sussex. A Community Benefit Society has been formed to allow local ownership and fund raising and a Woodland Management Plan for the area was approved by the Forestry Commission in February 2017.
Vert woods are part of the Making Local Woods Work project and so have had early access to the Volunteering Scheme, and so Grown in Britain, have help facilitate team building volunteering days to assist Vert Woods in a number of infrastructure, discovery trail and woodland management work activities that will allow the woodland to be more accessible to local community.
Below is a list of other organisations currently seeking help from volunteers. If you feel this is something your organisation would like to help with then get please contact us for more information.
So if you manage community woodland or woodland social enterprise and feel this could potentially help you and your plan of action then fill in an application.
If you are in a construction company, contracting business or similar, and have promote volunteering amongst your staff, then apply now and register your interest.