Volunteer's stories

"I have been volunteering with Wychwood since September 2016, I joined really to get outside more and do manual work. I do work for Sobell House and the National Trust, but that is mostly talking. I have already tackled scrub clearing, coppicing, fruit tree pruning, tree planting  and willow pollarding in lots of different locations. It is great working with James, the Wychwood Project Conservation Officer and his dog Pip, and other staff. You get to know all sorts of people on the different days –there’s nothing like a nice big bonfire! Most sessions are 9.30 until 3pm but I tend to have had enough by about 2pm as at 71 I do not want to overdo things,  but all great fun!" John Driskell


Volunteering for the Wychwood Project gives me a buzz!

"I volunteer for The Wychwood Project as I love the fact that I’m helping to support a great local conservation cause. There are so many benefits: such as the buzz of giving a little back to nature, learning practical conservation skills, meeting like-minded people - and on my indoor days using my marketing skills in the office to help the team!

Having volunteered for the Wychwood Project for a number of years, it’s inspiring to see how the native trees we planted at Foxburrow Wood have grown - we even learnt to prune them recently - some of us with a bit too much trimming enthusiasm! From clearing hedgerows to help  wild flowers flourish, learning about hedgelaying and planting a heritage orchard at Honeydale Farm, each volunteering day is different and I always learn something new. Give it a go!" Judy Anders