A call has gone out across Mid and East Antrim for volunteers keen to conserve and protect local woodland assets. With the additional benefits of getting outdoors in the fresh air, learning new skills and meeting new, like-minded people, the Mid and East Antrim Borough Volunteer Programme has just opened.
Rosie Irwin, Contracts Manager with The Woodland Trust, said, “Tasks will vary from litter picking and path maintenance to wildlife surveys and tree management. Anyone can volunteer. It doesn’t matter what experience you have, what skills you have, or how much time you can commit, everyone has something to give.”
As a member of the ‘Friends Of’ volunteer group, participants would play a vital role in bringing local woods to life by helping to open them up for everyone to enjoy. Councillor Billy Ashe, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, described the benefits of such work: “Voluntary work can be inspiring and rewarding – a real learning experience. “It develops new, practical skills, allows participants to meet new people and also helps them learn more about the local environment. Volunteering can help in gaining confidence and self-esteem and can also have health benefits, by being active outdoors. and of course, it can be great fun.”
The meetings will be on the second Saturday of each month on site from 10am to 1pm. Find out more at Oakfield Community Centre at 10am on Saturday 12th September 2015 if you are interested.