2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum, so it seems fitting that we should mark the occasion with a tangible and useful gift that will continue to serve the Pinetum in future years.
Bedgebury's volunteers work really hard. They are both passionate and committed and last year they contributed 1,200 days of work to the site. And next year they want to contribute even more...
Unfortunately, one of the things that holds them back is the lack of suitable transport for their tools and equipment across the Pinetum. Like all the site's staff, they rely on a single, shared all-terrain vehicle known as 'The Mule' - and it isn't always available to them.
As the site is run by the Forestry Commission not-for-profit, buying an extra vehicle is a big financial commitment. So the Friends would like to buy an ATV for the Pinetum's volunteers to use. This will allow them to be more productive and independent and able to work in the furthest corners of the Pinetum. The increased productivity of the site's volunteers will free up Bedgebury's specialist staff for the more complex horticultural needs of the Pinetum's conservation activities.
We are therefore launching an appeal for funds to help buy the volunteer ATV. Our target is £15,000.
To put this sum into context... Bedgebury welcomes approximately 500,000 visitors each year. If only 3% of our visitors donate just £1 each we will reach our target. Please help us to achieve our goal!
Please donate what you can by clicking here.
We've raised £12,500 so far - many thanks for your generosity!
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