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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 meet every week on a Tuesday to undertake conservation and site maintenance work. We also have monthly Sunday task days where there are opportunities for practical work and wildlife surveying.

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 801146.

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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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Would have liked more information on this site, however, I will google SVVT & hopefully find out more!

David Perrins, 8/Nov/2014

Hi, the Sence Valley Volunteer Trust are managed by the FC so getting in touch is the best way to get started. As opportunities change a lot it is preferrable for people to get in contact if they are interested in volunteering so we can discuss what would suit each individual.

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