Operational volunteers are those who work in the Pinetum, helping to maintain it in all manner of ways.  There are operational activities every Wednesday (from 9.30 am) and every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month (from 10.00 am) for you to get involved with, including:

The Wednesday Wild Crew IMG 0624 Large

If you have a few hours to spare, why not join us at 9.30am on a Wednesday morning and spend time in the fresh air, with good company, making the Pinetum look beautiful. You will be provided with gloves, tools and guidance (as well as tea and coffee of course). It’s a chance to learn about the trees in the collection, wildlife on site and practicalities of managing such a site. Plus, there is always that feeling of satisfaction after you have cleared, tidied, mulched and planted for a morning.

The Sunday Working Group

Traditionally, this group has undertaken heavy-duty work such as scrub clearance, coppicing and having large bonfires! While this type of work will still be a feature on Sundays during the winter, wherever we can, work will now have a conservation aspect. During spring and summer, Sundays will consist of a more comprehensive work programme, much like Wednesdays (see above), that will hopefully benefit the wonderful grassland and heathland to be found at Bedgebury. Sunday volunteering commenses every 2nd Sunday of the month, at 10am.

NEW - From October 2014, there will be an alternate Sunday session on the 4th Sunday of every month.  As operational volunteering is always more popular through the winter, the Friends and Forestry Commission wiill now establish a new group to accomodate for the extra interest.

The Labelling Team (Currently full)                                          Tree Label team5

The label team are a small and specialised group of volunteers who meet on a Wednesday afternoon. Their tasks include checking and cleaning tree labels and replacing those that are lost or damaged. Working within this group is an excellent way to learn about the different tree species at Bedgebury and to put this knowledge into practice.

 

Email bedgebury@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk for more information or to obtain a registration pack.

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