“Sowing Seeds, Sharing Skills” Volunteer Project

Our Sowing Seeds, Sharing Skills volunteer programme ran from July 2016 until March 2017.

The programme – funded through the ‘Volunteering in Wales’ fund and Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Awards for All’ – included regular conservation management days as well as our ‘Indoor Growing’ project. 120 volunteers attended sessions through the programme and contributed a massive 1780 hours of their time.
The finale of the programme was the creation of a beautiful mosaic to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our charity, the Shared Earth Trust, which is now on display outside the main training centre:

30th Anniversary mosaic

30th Anniversary mosaic

Mosaic-making workshop with facilitator Pod Clare. Participants ranged in age from 5 to 85!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservation Management and Wildlife Monitoring

We held regular conservation management days, where volunteers took part in a range of activities from  coppicing, to creating habitat piles, to ditch maintenance. They also gained valuable experience in hedge-laying and assisted with the construction of a boardwalk and steps to improve access around our trails, as well as removing encroaching willow from a botanically diverse grassland.

Building a Boardwalk

Coppicing branches along the Green Lane

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Volunteers attended training workshops in winter tree identification and winter fruit tree pruning and helped to monitor our dormouse and bird boxes. They also learned how to identify dragonfly larvae, to enable us to work out how many species are breeding in our ponds:
 
 
The work of the volunteers has made a huge impact on the management of our nature reserve. Our volunteers continue to meet at least once a month for conservation work-parties, so if you would like to join us, take a look at our Volunteering Page for information, and upcoming dates.
 

Indoor Growing Project
In 2016 we received the generous donation of a greenhouse from a local supporter which enabled us to continue the development of our Kitchen Garden. A team of volunteers planted a range of veg under the expert guidance of tutor Malcolm Berry, who has previously taught courses for the RHS, and worked in the National Botanic Garden.

The new greenhouse

The Veg Patch Volunteers in Action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been both pleased and surprised with the popularity of the food growing project, and glad to be able to offer this opportunity to both new and old volunteers. We now have a fantastic kitchen garden and greenhouse, filled with a variety of vegetables and flowers – and beneficial insects.
The food growing project is continuing through the summer with fortnightly sessions, and new volunteers are always welcome.

Please drop us an e-mail if you would like to get involved

or if you prefer you can phone us on 01570 493358

 

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