This week: of en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Ground­work tells you how to get in­volved

Davies Kather­ine

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL char­ity Ground­work South are look­ing for more vol­un­teers to help out with con­ser­va­tion events.

The ac­tiv­i­ties, which take place on the sec­ond Sun­day of the month, last about three hours.

Ground­work green spa­ces as­sis­tant Kather­ine Davies ex­plained: “We go to Hard­ings Row Na­ture Re­serve (in Iver Heath) on the Sun­day morn­ing, and Den­ham Quarry (in Hare­field) on the Sun­day af­ter­noon. At all the events, tools and work gloves are pro­vided, and we just ask peo­ple to wear clothes that they don’t mind get­ting a bit mucky, and sturdy boots or wellies.

“We also ask peo­ple to dress for the weather (be it bring­ing water­proofs or sun­hat/sun­cream) and to bring their own re­fresh­ments.

“The tasks we carry out in­clude clear­ing over­grown veg­e­ta­tion, cop­pic­ing small trees, clear­ing ac­cess paths, board­walks and bridges, stack­ing dead wood to cre­ate habi­tat piles, lit­ter-pick­ing and clear­ing any rub­bish, re­mov­ing in­va­sive species if nec­es­sary and gen­er­ally work­ing to im­prove the land­scape for both peo­ple and wildlife.”

The char­ity, which is re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing the care and pro­tec­tion of the whole of the Colne Val­ley Park, says that con­ser­va­tion events also help to get peo­ple out­doors en­joy­ing a bit of light ex­er­cise and learn­ing new skills which could be a great CV boost for any­one look­ing to pur­sue a ca­reer in the en­vi­ron­men­tal sec­tor.

Ms Davies added: “The events are very in­for­mal and re­laxed – no­body is ex­pected to work too hard or for the whole time. We stop for a tea-break if peo­ple would like too, so it can be very so­cia­ble. I’m al­ways on hand to teach peo­ple how to use cer­tain tools, and ex­plain to peo­ple why we’re do­ing the work that we’re do­ing and what en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits it will have for the re­serve.”

The next events take place this Sun­day at Harding’s Row Na­ture Re­serve from 9.30am-12.30 pm.

If you’d like to help, meet at the re­serve en­trance at the end of Hard­ings Row (Off Swal­low Street), Iver Heath, SL0 0HF

The af­ter­noon ses­sion will take place from 1-4pm at Den­ham Quarry. Meet at the re­serve en­trance on Moorhall Road, South Hare­field, UB9 6PE.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kat Davies on 07702 532755 or e-mail kather­ine.davies@ ground­

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