Rallying cry for volunteers to help at woodland park
Donisthorpe Woodland Park will again be the venue in the next few weeks for volunteers to get to grips with countryside activities at the north-west Leicestershire beauty spot.
People interested in finding out more about the volunteer day, which is on Sunday, May 4 from 10am to 3pm, can contact 0116 305 5000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Pre-booking is essential, due to limited places.
This is the second weekend event planned for Donisthorpe following on from a successful launch last month which saw many new volunteers taking part.
At the May event, volunteers will be able to take part in the traditional art of willow weaving and there will also be the chance to make a bird box to go up in the park and encourage feathered friends of all varieties.
Byron Rhodes, Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet member for country parks, said: “There’s already one well-established group which meets twice a month on Wednesdays and the first weekend event went well. We hope to see a few more people at the next one."
The volunteers at the first weekend event included John Greenbank who said: “It’s great fun doing something completely different - no matter what type of weather - and it is also keeping us fit.”
Also attending the event will be award-winning chair-maker Peter Wood, whose work with greenwood crafts has featured on BBC’s Countryfile. He will show participants how to create items using willow-weaving techniques.
The two weekend events, held in partnership with the National Forest Company, marks the culmination of a successful first 12 months for the Donisthorpe volunteer group, which has completed a wide range of conservation projects including hedge-laying, woodland thinning and coppicing.
All tools and equipment are provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring a packed lunch and wear outdoor work clothes.
Image: Chris Conway (right), Leicestershire County Council's country parks volunteer co-ordinator, with the group which attended the first event at Donisthorpe Woodland Park.