With special thanks to Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and The Big Lottery Fund we are delighted to announce a new conservation project, set to run at Denmark Farm starting July 2016.
Following on from our ‘Holistic Habitats’ programme, our project ‘Sowing Seeds Sharing Skills’ aims to engage volunteers at Denmark Farm through an ongoing programme of conservation opportunities. The project will offer informal training and support for volunteers in the skills needed to deliver their roles whist concentrating on conservation and environmental issues. Activities carried out by volunteers will have a lasting impact and benefit to Denmark Farm for visitor access, enjoyment and improved biodiversity. All volunteer activity will be concentrated around the 40 acre Denmark Farm site.
Our Volunteer Engagement & Biodiversity Officer will be responsible for recruiting volunteers, delivering informal training and supporting the volunteers. Volunteers will also have input to the conservation management plan and help with a wildlife monitoring programme. Dates of volunteer days and other events will be listed on our Volunteer Conservation Activities Page.
Volunteers will be offered the opportunity to engage fully and deliver a programme of site maintenance and conservation tasks. These include:
- Trail maintenance, including keeping paths clear of vegetation and improving drainage, ensuring access for all where available.
- Habitat maintenance, including removal of encroaching vegetation.
- Woodland management for conservation; coppicing, felling small trees and creating habitat piles.
- Processing harvested wood from site for firewood and coppice products.
- Willow harvesting, managing our short-rotation willow beds and processing rods into cut bundles for basket weaving, biomass fuel and fascines.
- Maintaining the wildlife garden.
- Wildlife monitoring and citizen science surveys.
Following feedback from visitors and volunteers, a new feature for Denmark Farm will be the introduction of a covered growing area. This greenhouse demonstration site will offer regular training sessions for volunteers in food growing, delivered by an experienced tutor.
Overall, this project will enable us to support a well-managed, volunteer team who will learn new skills, make new friends, lead healthier lifestyles and make a positive difference to their environment. Volunteers will help the site realise its full potential whilst raising awareness about the importance of biodiversity.
There will be new opportunities for volunteers to engage with and take responsibility for a long term structured Biodiversity Recording programme resulting in real benefits to the community and wildlife.
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