Hampshire County Council send out a Countryside Service Volunteer Review (sounds posh doesn’t it?) filled with snippets from volunteers and Rangers. In the latest edition Chris Bean was kind enough to write about us, so thank you Chris! I will share what he wrote below.
‘I joined the Tuesday Volunteer Group of the Blackwater Valley Partnership shortly after I retired in later 2006. I felt it was important that, as a retired person, I remained active, meet new people and learned some new skills. Volunteering has provided all three of these in abundance!
As volunteers we undertake a wide range of tasks within the Valley, including hay making, constructing and repairing fences, building bridges, establishing reed beds as well as the more mundane, but important tasks of litter picking and general maintenance of the Blackwater Valley Path. I have also learnt how to lay a hedge, operate a motor scythe, strimmer and hedge strimmer as well as handle a small boat and outboard. I’ve also taken part in surveys of the flora and fauna within the Valley. There are certainly plenty of opportunities to get involved.
The Tuesday Volunteers are a friendly bunch and we all help each other to get tasks done. None of this would be possible without the positive leadership, skill, supervision and, at times, patience of the Partnership’s rangers who organise the tasks and provide the essential tea and biscuits to keep us going throughout the day.’