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Volunteer experience days over Summer and Autumn 2021

5th August 2021

Do you have one hour, a few hours or a day to spare? Do you want to do something really different and worthwhile on a community-based project?

We are partnering with the Rewild Project in the Forest of Dean to offer some unique environmental volunteer experiences.

If you would like to volunteer for any of these experience days, please email or contact us on Instagram @cpre_gloucestershire

Noxon Pond farm

Friday 30th July 10.00am to 3.00pm

Monday 2nd August 10.00am to 3.00pm

A Permaculture demonstration site with a plant nursery containing various edible perennial plants which are used in community growing projects such as Berry Hill Community Orchard (CPRE award winner).

The work for the day will be mulching the plant nursery with cardboard and wood chip, and building the outdoor kitchen and other spaces.

Address: Noxon Pond Cottage, Noxon Farm, Bream Avenue, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6QR

Map location:

Go to the first plot, on the left hand side. Look for The Rewild Project banner on the gate. Try not to drive right down into the farm.

Berry Hill community orchard

Friday 6th August 10.00am to 3.00pm

Monday 9th August 10.00am to 3.00pm

CPRE award winning community orchard, where Rewild focused on using Gloucestershire heritage variety trees, Apples, Pears and Plums. The design approach was based on permaculture principles, you will learn more about this on the day.

You will be helping with mulching the plant nursery and starting to put in a rabbit proof fence.

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Kensley Shed

Friday 13th August 10.00am to 3.00pm

Monday 16th August 10.00am to 3.00pm

Kensley Shed is home to Rewild’s New Leaf social forestry project and is a community craft centre. From here they create a space for learning to happen with various traditional heritage crafts. They also process wood from their coppice sites, and the wood they can’t use for craft or building they convert into sustainably produced firewood for sale to support their project.

You will be learning how to process fire wood, from sawing to splitting with an axe, or just having a drink and enjoying the centre. Bring your walking shoes as Woorgreens lake is on the doorstep!

Location The Rewild Project, Speech House Road, Coleford GL16 7EL

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Sensory Garden at SevenOaks

Friday 20th August 10.00am to 3.00pm

Monday 23rd August 10.00am to 3.00pm

Rewild designed and implemented this sensory garden for the disabled residents about 5 years ago. The garden is based on a Gaudi face, and features a 5 seater locally coppiced sweet chestnut swing chair made by famous green wood worker Richard Bates, lots of bespoke furniture from Jimbo Saunders, local green wood worker, a large xylophone, and other interesting features.

You will be helping with mulching the garden and you’ll be able to sit and enjoy the many useful and interesting plants.

Location on Google maps: 51.792911,-2.608100

Address: SevenOaks , Lords Hill, Coleford (next door to Bells Field skate park)

Working with young people

We are also offering a unique one-off experience to work alongside young people who are at risk of exclusion from school and who have been through Rewild’s ReKindle programme. Refreshments and lunch provided.

22nd October, 9am – 2.30pm: together with ReKindle staff and young people from the project, a day at Berry Hill Community orchard

10th December, 9am – 2.30pm: young people from ReKindle project will share and teach their new skills to the volunteers at Kensley Sheds. This is a day of interaction, learning and fun!

*please note that DBS checks are not required to take part in these volunteering opportunities as you will be supervised the entre time by a DBS checked member of ReWild staff. ReWild has up to date safeguarding policies and processes in place together with a designated safeguarding lead.

+you will need to make your own way to the locations. Travel expenses will be paid for at 40p per mile.

If you are interested in any of these experiences, please email or contact us on Instagram @cpre_gloucestershire