Join us for a perfect day in the fresh air. Our Thursday volunteering programme is here or register your details using the form at the bottom of the page. Please click here for current programme.
||Why volunteer for Severn Gorge Countryside Trust?
Just take a walk along the many footpaths in woodlands and meadows around the Ironbridge Gorge on Thursdays, and you may see a group of conservation volunteers undertaking very valuable tasks helping the Trust to manage the wealth of beautiful landscape for public access and wildlife.
Every week, between 12-18 local people give their time to help us. Without these lovely people, the Trust wouldn't be able to keep the heathlands, meadows and woodlands managed as well as they are.
The current 35 volunteers attend when they want to. Some attend every week, others come when they can. Starting about 10am, we enjoy each other's company, have a tea break and a relaxed lunch, finished about 2.45pm. The 3-monthly programme is varied and allows you to practice different skills and use a range of tools.
The volunteering project has been running since 2006 and since then involved many local people caring for this landscape.
We are an ever growing group and welcome new faces.
The project offers opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to volunteer year-round and to get involved in all aspects of the Trust's work.
Additionally, once a month on a Tuesday, we have a task force day to enable us to finish tasks not completed.
We also have the Lookerers, a group of local people who look after the herd of Soay sheep which we graze on our meadows. New Lookerers always welcome.
Lately, we've coppiced hazel from Sutton Woods and Benthall Edge woodlands, and helped Friends of Rough Park and Lodge Field. Next week we'll be clearing bullrushes and irises from a pond with the Ironbridge Meadows and Pastures on their local green spaces. We'll be hedge-laying in the New Year. We also coppiced holly and ivy for he craft workers in Blists Hill Victorian Town.
During July, August and September, we monitored sites for mammals with Stuart Edmunds and amphibians with Mark Latham and great crested newts with Rob Thorne. All very exciting!
Last month, we cleared scrub from a garden of rest at St Luke's Church, Ironbridge and cleared bramble and saplings at The Crostan to uncover heather and bilberry; pulled bracken in Dale Coppice heathland to uncover heather, bilberry and Royal fern.
Four volunteers are leading courses next year as part of the Outdoor Learning Programme and two have helped to produce the NEW Iron Trail. Two volunteers are leading walks for the Ironbridge Walking Festival in May 2014.
Busy, busy, busy!!
If you read this and would like to know more OR know of a group who would like to try some conservation volunteering for a day or more, just contact me, Cadi Price.
All tools and personal protective equipment and training are provided.
And I can find a task to suit you and your skills. However, some tasks are season dependant. ie no hedgelaying after March due to bird nesting.
Perhaps you have a group of students visiting Ironbridge and have a free day or half-day. What a better way than to do a bit of physical exercise in the outdoors only minutes away from the museums!
Also available for community groups or businesses who would like to try something new.
|The Trust provides tools, equipment, transport, refreshments and training. All activities are free.
If you feel like a breath of fresh air, meeting new people and taking part in some conservation in this beautiful area or are interested in any of the different volunteering activities, please register below or ask for Cadi Price, Community Development Officer
|Free 12 seater minibus transport is available to the work sites from Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale.
To become a volunteer, please register your details below or contact the Trust for further information.