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Volunteering in the National Forest
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There are two groups operating in the National Forest, Hicks Lodge Volunteers and the Sence Valley Volunteer trust.  

Hicks Lodge Volunteers

Hicks Lodge Volunteers meet every week on a Tuesday to undertake conservation and site maintenance work. We also have monthly Sunday task days where there are similar opportunities. The group also undertakes regular wildlife surveying.

For more information or to enquire about joining the volunteer group please contact or call 07795 801146.

Sence Valley Forest Volunteers

Sence Valley Forest Volunteers meet once a month on a Sunday and there are also opportunities to help with fundraising, social media, advertising/promotion, daily wardening and more.

For more information or to enquire about joining the volunteer group please contact or call 07795 666862.

Shadow Ranger Placement

Placements run for 6 months where the volunteer shadows a member of staff 1-3 days a week. These days are flexible and depend on shadow and mentor availability and requirements.  They will gain experience of working within the Forestry Commission and assist their mentor to complete various tasks. 

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Hi, are either or both of these places accessible by public transport?

CC, 15/Dec/2016

Both Hicks Lodge and Sence Valley are situated close to towns which have good local transport links (Moira, and Ibstock, respectively). However, neither wood has public transportation stops within its bounds.

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Hello, I would like to know more about on-site training with power tools? For example as a petrol strimmer?

And also the other opportunities in fundraising/advertising, would these events be Tuesday's / Sunday's OR on other days within the week?

Thank you



David, 31/Jul/2015

Hi David, Thanks for your enquiry. Whilst we give our volunteers training and instruction with hand tools, we do not use power tools for the task days. For instruction and training with power tools you are best to contact a certified and approved training provider (associated with, for example, NPTC or LANTRA). I'll find out some information about fundraising/advertising and email it over to you.

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