Ashridge Estate looks for Berkhamsted volunteers
By berkopeople | Friday, August 10, 2012, 07:35
Do you enjoy spending time at the Ashridge Estate? Do you
Getting busy on a conservation morning earlier this year at Ashridge
enjoy being out in the fresh air, enjoying the countryside – and do you have a
few hours to spare? Then the Ashridge Estate near Berkhamsted needs you!
The Ashridge Estate covers 5,000 acres of woodland, commons
and chalk grasslands. While this landscape is dominated by nature it is not
shaped by nature alone. Indeed the Ashridge Estate has, for more than 4000
years, been a working landscape farmed and adapted to the needs of the local
people. Today, although nature is given precedence, the landscape remains one
shaped by the hand of man: the many thousands of visitors and a dedicated team
of staff and volunteers who endeavour to endure that this special place is
conserved for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of visitors alike.
This is not an easy job, which is why the Ranger and
Forestry teams are again looking to recruit volunteers to help with
conservation management. Tasks typically include anything from scrub bashing to
the sowing of wild flowers to path clearance and fence removals. Getting
involved in this array of activities is a great way to learn new skills, work
outdoors, and meet like-minded people. Groups meet on Thursday and Sunday
mornings, and they are currently looking for people to join our Sunday group.
If that isn't for you, the Estate' Volunteer Rangers are out
and about on the Estate, acting as a friendly face for visitors as well as
reporting back any problems to the Ranger Team. So, if you enjoy walking and/or
engaging with members of the public, this could be an ideal opportunity for
In addition to these voluntary ranger positions there are a
number of opportunities to get involved with the Forestry team. The Foresters
are currently looking for volunteer tree condition surveyors. Training will be
provided by Ashridge team and this will be a great chance to really get to know
the woodland on the estate and the challenges it faces, so if you are
interested in helping them monitor the condition of the Ashridge trees this is
opportunity is for you.
Finally, the Foresters would also like to hear from anyone
willing to volunteer to help paint the park fencing. This may be a little like
painting the Forth Gridge – it will be neverending – but you will get to work
side-by-side with other enthusiastic volunteers and have a great excuse to get
out and enjoy some fresh air while contributing directly to importance
maintenance work across the park. All volunteers will be brought together for a very short training session, after which you can organise
yourselves into groups of 2 or 4 (bring a friend or the family?) and paint any
weekday that is convenient.
For more information on any of these voluntary roles or to
apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org.