Meet the Merseyside National Trust Environmental Volunteers

The Merseyside National Trust Environmental Volunteers are an independent group of volunteers who carry out conservation tasks at National Trust locations across Merseyside.

Amongst the sites they work on are the grounds of Speke Hall, the woods at Helsby Hill and the coastal habitats of Formby, here in Sefton.

We asked the group to tell us more about themselves:

“Our volunteers are from all walks of life and of various ages, from students gaining experience for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme to the active retired. No experience is required as training and tools are provided.

“Volunteers want to do something to help improve our shared environment and are committed to outdoor conservation work. They also enjoy the physical activity of working outdoors in a variety of settings and meeting new friends and like minded people.

“Our volunteers, when working at Formby, have done a wide variety of tasks, including habitat reclamation (removing ragwort from grazing fields; clearing invasive gorse scrub from Larkhill fields, which is an SSI and clearing willow and poplar scrub from sand dunes near the Lifeboat Rd car park ); Habitat protection (chestnut paling fencing between footpaths and fragile sand dunes) and footpath work (to provide accessible walking/cycling routes for visitors avoiding trampling adjacent areas).

“The group has been going for over 30 years but we are always finding new experiences and learning new skills. The expansion of the Formby site has led to us working there more frequently and it is so good to be outdoors, whatever the weather. We can all appreciate the huge benefit we gain from being in the natural world.

“We have expanded our membership significantly over the last 2 years and we actively encourage new volunteers to come along and meet us on one of our workdays and join in with the work we do. We are hopeful that we will soon be back volunteering with the National Trust on their sites across Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.”

More informaton about the Merseyside National Trust Envrionmental Volunteers can be found here.

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