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Have the Forestry Commission found a way to banish the winter blues?

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Volunteers carrying out practical woodland conservation along a woodland trail

The Forestry Commission claim to have found the perfect way to banish the winter blues with a range of volunteering opportunities that give people the chance to get outdoors, make new friends and start to improve their fitness.

With woodlands across England, the Forestry Commission have a variety of projects for people to get involved in, ranging from woodland maintenance, to trail building and conservation initiatives. And Volunteers currently working with the Rangers in the forests are reporting that they are seeing many benefits to getting involved.

Pam Millichap, a Forestry Commission Volunteer said:

"Volunteering is the best thing I have ever done. I love being out in the open, making new friends and learning about the forest. It also keeps me healthy and active."

Volunteer Nigel Floyd added:

“Having done a desk job for most of my working life, it’s great to get out into the forest and work on conservation tasks with a great bunch of like minded people, whilst learning and caring about our environment.  What better place to keep fit in mind and body.”

Louise Fleetwood, Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Forestry Commission said:

“We welcome volunteers regardless of age, ability or fitness level, to help us improve and protect a variety of woodlands. Not only will you make a huge difference to the wildlife and people of your local woodlands, it’s a great opportunity to get out, learn new skills and get fit in the forest. 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. So we urge you to give it a go and see if we can help you to beat the winter blues!”

There are a range of volunteer groups and sessions available to get involved in across Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. For more information visit

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.