There are many opportunities for volunteering in and around the Forest of Bowland and there are several organisations that will welcome you and, in some cases, offer training depending on your aims and plans. Which organisation you approach will depend on what you want to get out of volunteering and the level of commitment you wish to give.
People volunteer for a whole variety of reasons. Young people may want to get experience and training to help build a CV and help them into a paid job in the environmental sector. Older people may be looking for a career change into the environmental sector. Other people have specific interests and concerns eg birds, bats, butterflies, wild flowers. Other people just want to be sociable, get fitter, stay active and/or meet new friends and help the environment.
If you want to volunteer regularly and/or build a better CV for a paid job in the environmental sector then look at the section on Regular Volunteering
The Forest of Bowland AONB team sometimes has volunteering opportunities available, generally linked to specific projects. Take a look at the "Current Opportunities" section below to find out what is available at the moment or have a look at the opportunities with the newly formed Friends of Bowland group.
The Forest of Bowland AONB is once again running a series of hedge laying training days suitable for both novices and also for those who would like to fine tune their existing skills.
PLEASE BOOK your place ahead by ringing 01200 448000 or sending an email to tarja [dot] wilson [at] lancashire [dot] gov [dot] uk
Start 9am and finish about 3.30pm
Our trainers (and entertainers) will be Geoff Whitley (07708705498) and Joe Craig (07768054485)
Tools provided. You may bring your own. Bring along:
On the day before you set off if the weather is inclement please ring in case it is postponed. Give Tarja (07887830853), Joe or Geoff a ring
Geoff Whitley (07708705498) and Joe Craig. (07768054485)
Crook O' Lune car park - M6 junction no 34 Lancaster (North) then take A683 east towards Kirkby Lonsdale. After about 2 miles turn left off A683 to Crook O' Lune car park and Halton. (Just before Caton village).
If you would like to join them please email John Swift jon [dot] swift [at] pmba [dot] org [dot] uk
The volunteers generally meet 2nd Sunday of the month at 10am. The next meet day is 12th January 2014.
For up to date information about trail building visit their Facebook page.
In May this year, the Forest of Bowland AONB joined forces with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to fund Hay Time – a hay meadow restoration project here in Bowland. The project offers lots of opportunities to get involved, from wildflower surveys to seed propagation and plug planting. You can even learn to scythe!
For more information about volunteering with the Hay Time project, contact Sarah Robinson on 01200 448000 or email sarah [dot] robinson [at] lancashire [dot] gov [dot] uk
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