Conservation volunteers demonstrate their work

An event to celebrate the work of Medway’s conservation volunteers took place at The St George’s Centre in Chatham on Thursday, 17 May.

Organised by Medway Local Access Forum, the Volunteer Day provided local groups with an opportunity to network and find new ways of working together, as well as encouraging other groups to join up and join in with their work.

The day’s agenda included a presentation from The Conservancy Volunteers about their five-year Heritage Trees project, which involves recording old trees and finding volunteers to become tree surveyors. There were also presentations by The Ramblers, the British Horse Society, Trail Riders Fellowship and Kent Police Wildlife Team.

Practical demonstrations, including brush cutting and woodturning, were well received with many delegates participating in the ancient practices of woodworking using a traditional hand turned lathe. One commented after the event: “Fantastic day! Very well organised and set up. It was good to meet groups and talk about the work they are doing on their sites.”

Anyone who is interested in becoming a conservation volunteer can find out more information by phoning 01634 333333

Image Courtesy of Simon Kelsey

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