The officers and members of Sherrardspark Wood Wardens are all volunteers. One or two have been members for 40+ years; some have only been with us for a year or two. Many like to join the work parties on a Thursday or Sunday morning, removing small fallen trees, clearing invasive plants and re-planting cleared areas, for example. These always start with a risk assessment for the location. Tasks are then allotted according to skills and physical ability of those attending. Formal external training is provided for tasks requiring chainsaws and other specialized tools. Several members are trained first aiders and at least one is present on every work party. The well-earned coffee break is always welcome, as is the visit to a local hostelry at the end of the session for those able to go.
Not all the members are able to join the work parties but there are many other activities in which members can participate. We have, for instance, a team of enthusiastic nature watchers in our Monitoring Group who monitor butterflies, flora and fauna, birds, and the general condition of the wood. The Publicity Group arranges for experts to lead guided walks through the wood where visitors can learn tree recognition, enjoy the bluebells and cowslips, study fungi, mosses, lichens, mammals and birds. A Discovery Walk of the wood is organised annually by the Wood Wardens to introduce the wood to newcomers. On the social side, there are regular evening meetings with invited speakers, a monthly walk with the Wood Wardens’ walking group, and the occasional outing or party in the appropriate season.
If you are interested in working with us you would be very welcome. The Sherrardspark Wood Wardens’ Society always needs new volunteers to help with its varied activities, which suit all levels of fitness. Whether you are able to help on a regular basis, or just occasionally, we would like to hear from you.
If you wish to find out more please send us a message using the enquiry form on the Contact us page of our website.