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.
6th February 2014
Hedge laying training, Crook O' Lune, Nr Caton, Lancaster (part of the Festival Bowland programme)
4th, 6th, 17th, 18th and 19th Feburary 2014
Hedge laying training at Marles Wood, Nr Ribchester
8th March 2014
Forest of Bowland AONB annual hedge laying competition at a site near Whalley. Suitable for both novices and those who want to refine and improve their skills.
Our trainers (and entertainers) for the training will again be Geoff Whitely and Joe Craig.
For all of the above training:
• Tools and brews provided
• Bring along your own outdoor hardy clothes, boots and gloves, packed lunch and a smile!
• Knee pads or a mat to kneel on to prevent the thorns attacking you is useful.
To book your place on any of the above training days please email Tarja [dot] wilson [at] lancashire [dot] gov [dot] uk with your name, mobile number, home contact name and number plus dates you would like to attend. Or ring the AONB office on 01200 448000
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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