Tales from a conservation volunteer

I have had the pleasure of volunteering at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre now for the past two and a half years. Coming to the area for university, I had no previous involvement as a conservation volunteer but thought that, given the beautiful local surroundings and environmental projects, there was no better time to start. As my regular involvement with the farm draws to a close, I can look back on the experience as a wholly positive one. Conservation volunteer at Denmark FarmThere has been a variety of activities to enjoy and learn from. These have included making habitat piles, planting flowers in the wildlife garden, removing ragwort, constructing drainage ditches, helping create a children’s play area and pruning. Inevitably the weather has also proved changeable and has made for some entertaining volunteer days! This has certainly not dampened the spirits of volunteers and leaders however, as seeing the results of your time and effort around the farm is always satisfying and rewarding. In addition, observing the changes the farm undergoes throughout the seasons is one of my personal highlights of being a volunteer. Helping out at the farm is a fantastic opportunity to expand your environmental awareness and practical skills. Leaders of the volunteer days and events are really welcoming and friendly, and as they did with me they will happily provide all the instruction and guidance for those without conservation experience. Beyond this, it is also simply a great way to spend more time outdoors. Although I would encourage all to get involved whatever the month or season, there is no better time than now. The farm is beautiful in the summer, and there are the greatest number of activities, events and projects at this time of year. Denmark Farm is just now launching a new project, ‘Gwaith Dros Natur’, which will provide volunteering opportunities throughout the upcoming 12 months. The launch of this project will be on this Saturday, 7th June, between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Please do come along to this event to find out more about the project and volunteering in general. Here you can also tour the site and participate in some gentle conservation activities. Lunch will be provided. Otherwise, just come along to one of the farm’s monthly general volunteer days. You can find out what dates these are on and any further information by emailing volunteer@denmarkfarm.org.uk or ringing 01570 493358. You won’t regret getting involved! –          Sarah Ridgeon Conservation volunteers at Denmark farm working in the wildlife garden Denmark Farm Volunteers work in the wildlife garden Volunteering at Denmark Farm

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