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NEWS RELEASE No: 1620920 MARCH 2014

Forestry Commission launch a new volunteer group near Woodhall Spa

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Following the success of other volunteer groups in Lincolnshire, the Forestry Commission is launching a new ‘Woodland Workout’ group at their Ostler’s Plantation site, just outside Woodhall Spa.

Starting on Wednesday 9 April the sessions will run on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month between 10am and 1pm, giving local people the chance to get involved in managing their local woodland. The sessions also provide an opportunity to get outdoors, make new friends and start to improve their fitness.

The Forestry Commission has a variety of tasks for people to get involved in, ranging from restoring heathland to coppicing and fence removal. Similar ‘Woodland Workout’ groups in the county have proved popular, with one group near Market Rasen recently reaching their five year anniversary with two of the original group members still attending the fortnightly sessions.

Colin Byatt from Louth, said:

“I love volunteering with the Forestry Commission at Osgodby Wood because it gives me the chance to help preserve our woodlands whilst meeting new people and making sure I stay fit and healthy.”

Chris Darcel from Fiskerton, added:

“I’ve learned lots of new skills over the five years I’ve been volunteering here and the jobs we’re involved in change throughout the year so the time has flown by. I have found the whole experience enjoyable and it is nice to get away from a computer.”

Jenny Boatwright, a Woodland Ranger at the Forestry Commission, said:

“We’re really excited to be launching another ‘Woodland Workout’ group at our Ostler’s Plantation site at Woodhall Spa. The work that our volunteers do is invaluable in helping us to manage and conserve the local woodlands and we encourage anyone interested to come and give it a go. Even if it’s not something you’ve tried before, all you need is a stout pair of boots and clothing for all weathers – we provide the tools and training.”

If you’re interested in joining the 'Woodland Workout' group at Ostler’s Plantation, call Jenny on 07747 006452.

Notes to Editors

Media contact: Laura Freer, 07733 300176

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.