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Volunteers reach five year landmark

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On Sunday 4 March, the Woodland Workout volunteer group that work in the Forestry Commission’s Osgodby Wood will be marking their five year anniversary, with two of the original volunteers leading the celebrations.

The group, who carry out tasks including restoring heathland, tree planting, burning brash and coppicing, meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month and have done so since the group was set up back in 2009. Chris Darcel and Colin Byatt were both at the first session, and have been taking part ever since.

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

“The work that our volunteers do is invaluable in helping us to manage and conserve the local woodlands. To have two of the original group members reach the five year anniversary is testament to their loyalty and commitment, for which we are hugely grateful”.

Colin Byatt from Louth said:

 “I love working with the Forestry Commission at Osgodby 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.”

In the session on Sunday 4 March, the group plan to mark the anniversary with cake at tea break followed by a short walk to revisit some of the projects the group has been involved in over the last year.

If you’re interested in joining the Woodland Workout group or any of the other volunteer groups around Lincolnshire, 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.