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The Forestry Commission is giving people in Cheshire the chance to improve their skills and protect the future of their woodlands by becoming a volunteer.
The Commission has spaces available for people to get involved with the preservation of its woodlands through a number of activities including planting trees, cutting back vegetation, reporting incidents, clearing paths as well as project work such as helping out with events, wildlife surveys and conservation.
Richard Topley, Beat Manager for the Forestry Commission, said:
“Becoming a volunteer is an inexpensive way to be in beautiful surroundings, get some exercise or take up a new hobby.
“There is something for all ages and abilities to get involved with that will help sustain and improve the woodlands and wildlife for future generations.”
The Forestry Commission already has a growing team of volunteers across England who benefit from working in a natural environment while gaining valuable work experience.
“Meeting new people and learning new skills is just part of what it means to be a Forestry Commission volunteer”, added Richard
“However, we are also really keen for volunteers to take ownership of their woodlands and share their own ideas on how they can be best protected and maintained for communities to enjoy now and in years to come.”
To become a woodland volunteer in your area or you have an idea for a project or species survey then please contact the Forestry Commission on 01606 882167.
For more information or to arrange a photograph please contact Katie Durose on 01606 888111.
Notes to Editors
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. Further information can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/england
Media Contact: Katie Durose on 01606 888111 or Richard Topley, of the Forestry Commission, on 01606 324909.