Better Yourself – Volunteer Focus

Spring at Forgotten Landscapes

Spring at Forgotten Landscapes

With the weather so fine, it’s a great time to get outside, grab a few lungfuls of fresh country air and do some good to the area around you!

From the very beginning, volunteers have played a hugely important role in the success of the Forgotten Landscapes Project at the World Heritage Site.

With no less than five different volunteer groups, each one offers its own unique skills and challenges for individuals. So if you want to be a bit more active, see some more of this beautiful country of ours and help contribute to the lasting legacy of the South Wales Valleys, there’s really only one thing to do… volunteer!

So this week we’re going to focus on each of the five types of volunteering and today we’re kicking off with:

The Practical Conservation Team…

The Conservation Team Reed Bed Planting

The Conservation Team Reed Bed Planting

Working within a conservation team offers individuals more than just an opportunity to be out in the countryside helping to improve the landscape.   

This team carries out a wide range of countryside and rights of way management in a group of about six people, usually every other Wednesday and Saturday and sometimes on other days of the week too. To name just a few, these tasks have included:

  • Helping with controlled burning to manage the important moorland habitats of the landscape
  • Managing the invasive bracken to clear paths and make way for more heather
  • Putting in new signage for walking trail
  • Planting a new reed bed habitat

Individual Benefits
Mental
Get yourself out of the house, meet new people and make new friends.
Feel the positive karma of helping to improve the environment around you.
Physical
Fresh healthy air, exercise and being active
Environmental/ Future Society
Contributing to the welfare of the environment, helping reduce unique wildlife species back into the countryside and helping to clean up the World!

To sign up contact: 
Sarah Lewis, Forgotten Landscapes Volunteer Recruitment & Training Officer
E- mail: sarah.lewis@torfaen.gov.uk
Tel: 01495 742335