United Kingdom — More volunteers are needed to help revitalise fire ravaged woodland following successful replanting events at Swinley Forest last month.
The Forestry Commission has announced six more dates throughout February and March for people to help restore the forest after fires raged through the woodland last May.
Over two days in January around 300 helpers, including members of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Brownies, Scouts and pupils from Oaklands Junior School, planted nearly 5,000 sweet chestnut and Douglas fir trees.
Volunteers start to rebuild Swinley Forest
Further replanting will take place on Friday, February 10, Saturday, February 11, Friday February 24, Saturday, February 25, Friday, March 9, and Sunday, March 11.
Kim Papps, leader of 1st Easthampstead Cubs group, said: Being based in Wildridings we have a close connection to the forest.
The leaders and cubs were all very sad to see so much of it destroyed and were so pleased to be involved in the replanting and the future of the forest.
The activity will also go towards a Global Conservation Activity Badge for some of our cub leaders.
Swinley Forest ‘will take years to recover’
Volunteers should book their place in advance and meet at 10am at Crowthorne Forest on the scheduled days.
Volunteers will spend the day planting trees and doing other conservation tasks in small groups, with hot drinks provided for mid-morning and lunchtime breaks. The sessions will aim to finish by 3pm.
Emily Weller, volunteer co-ordinator for the Forestry Commission, said: There was a great atmosphere at the volunteering events in January and most people enjoyed the beautiful weather and forest landscape, as well as, meeting and chatting to new people.
“We welcome new people to come along to join us for the following six dates as well as those who have already been involved.
If you only have a few hours to spare, a day or two or more would be great everyone is welcome. Children are also welcome if accompanied by an adult.
We simply ask you to let us know in advance as soon as possible so we can make sure we have enough tools and refreshments for everyone.