Christmas came early for Denmark Farm last year, in the form of a grant for £17,627 awarded by the Volunteering in Wales Fund towards our new project ‘Holistic Habitats’. As well as supporting volunteers to look after our 40 acre nature reserve, the funding will also enable us to develop a kitchen garden – something we have wanted to do for some time.
The hands-on sessions from Feb to June – ‘ A Veg Patch from Scratch’ – will provide training and experience for 10 volunteers under the expert guidance of Malcolm Berry, who has been in professional horticulture for 16 years and has a particular interest in polyculture and the encouragement of biodiversity.
The 10 core volunteer places are already full, but there will also be few mid-week sessions later in Spring for those who would like to come along and help us with this exciting new venture. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us.
If gardening isn’t your thing, our new funding will also provide plenty of opportunities for hands-on conservation work. Volunteer days will usually run alternate Saturdays and Tuesdays starting at 10am and finishing around 4pm – or as much time as you can spare. Our next few dates are:
Tuesday 2nd Feb, Saturday 6th Feb, Tuesday 16th Feb, Saturday 20th Feb
See our ‘Volunteering’ page for further information and future dates. Tasks will include bramble and blackthorn clearance, coppicing, path and gate maintenance as well as helping with our wildlife monitoring programme – everything from dormice and bats to moths and butterflies. All welcome, no previous experience needed. Drinks and biscuits are provided – you’ll just need to bring lunch and outdoor gear.
As well as conservation work-days, there will also be a number of volunteer training sessions. Friday 19th March is a free training day in Willow Management and Coppicing based on our Wetland Ecosystem Treatment (WET) System . Advance bookings only – through our website.
Whatever your resolutions for 2016, whether for health, happiness or wealth, perhaps becoming a volunteer at Denmark Farm can help you achieve these. We can’t promise to make you rich, but we do hope to provide you with a wealth of knowledge, skills and fresh air!