The Countryside in the Epping Forest district is in much better shape thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Countrycare volunteers.
Last year was a record year for our volunteers who worked an amazing 745 volunteer days, mainly on Thursdays, doing conservation work. This compared to 722 in 2012. All these days were worked by 54 volunteers, including 8 new volunteers who joined in 2013. This works out at an average of 14 volunteers per day. Based on the minimum wage this saved the council over £30,000.
Thanks to increasing number of volunteers Countrycare can tackle more ambitious conservation work and increase the amount of countryside management work carried out on the district’s 9 local nature reserves (LNRs) and other local wildlife sites.
Great for the environment
Councillor Gary Waller, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder at Epping Forest District Council and Countrycare volunteer said: “On behalf of the council and the Countrycare team I would like to express my gratitude for all the hard work and enthusiasm put in by the volunteers for the varied work including pond restoration, path building, coppicing and hedgerow management.”
“On those occasions when I participated with the Countrycare volunteers during 2013, I found the experience extremely satisfying and a refreshing change from my usual council responsibilities.”
“I would encourage anyone who has spare time on Thursdays to give it a go – it’s great for your health, great for the environment and great for the community.”
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