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NEWS RELEASE No: 135597 MAY 2010

Volunteering opportunities at Cardinham Woods

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Are you looking for a fun and active volunteering challenge?  If so, the Forestry Commission in Cornwall is on hand with an exciting range of woodland volunteering opportunities. 

On Wednesday 26 May, Sunday 27 June and Saturday 10 July, people aged 15 and over are invited to come to Cardinham Woods near Bodmin to help with a range of general conservation activities around the sight. 

These will include the removal of invasive Himalayan Balsam, which is causing problems for native plants.  Whilst the plant looks nice, it can smother vegetation and pose a serious threat to wild flowers.  Volunteers will also get involved with other activities such as pond and tree thinning management.

This is a great opportunity for people to gain experience working in the woods, or for people who simply enjoy the outdoors and fancy helping out.  Volunteers will be working alongside our ranger carrying out this varied and interesting work.

All sessions will run from 10am until 3pm and volunteers should wear suitable work wear and gloves.  People can stay for part or all of the day – if staying all day then they should bring a packed lunch. 

Ranger Chris Mason says:

“Cardinham is a fantastic place but like all large forests, it requires careful and ongoing management.  Volunteers can make a huge difference and allow us to carry out more essential work to keep our forests in the best possible condition.  These volunteer days are also a great opportunity for people to do something active and enjoy being in out and about in the woods.”

It is essential that people book themselves on the volunteer days by calling 01392 834233.

Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.