Project Reference D-4 : Heritage Training Volunteer Programme

The Woodland Trust recognises that one of the key threats to our natural environment is the rift between society and our natural heritage – only by ‘changing hearts and minds’ can we conserve our natural heritage in the long-term.  The Trust feels everyone should have the opportunity to experience their natural heritage and be an integral part within it.  To address the threats that our woods now face, action is needed by society as a whole, this means changes in human behaviour, in our values and in our relationship with our natural heritage. 

In order to conserve the natural heritage of the Faughan Valley it is essential that the local communities take responsibility for their local heritage.  This project aims to foster commitment to the long-term care of the Faughan Valley and enable the local community to contribute to its stewardship and future management by empowering local volunteer groups through practical training and the provision of tools and equipment.

Through this we will aim to establish and train up to eight volunteer groups to enable them to undertake a wide range of activities to preserve, restore and promote the unique heritage of the Faughan Valley.

Through this project members of the same community and/or from neighbouring communities will work together to achieve common aims resulting in greater community cohesiveness and a much stronger sense of pride in their own local heritage.
 
The volunteer groups may receive training in all or some of the following areas:

 

  • Practical environmental skills
  •  Woodland management
  •  Organising a community event
  •  Environmental education
  •  Public speaking
  •  Media skills
  •  Motivating the community
  •  Basic health & safety
  •  Legislation
  •  First Aid

Volunteering has numerous advantages for an individual from social opportunities, health benefits and employment prospects. 80% of employers value volunteering on a CV while 62% of volunteers say volunteering reduces stress (source: Timebank).

There is a wealth of documented evidence which shows the physical, emotional and social benefits that individuals can derive from access to natural green space and woodland.  For example, spending time in woods has shown to enhance mood, improve self-esteem and lower blood pressure.

The project will also equip members of the community with increased life skills, developing self-esteem, confidence, communication and social skills, and an appreciation of the natural heritage.

The Woodland Trust recognises that one of the key threats to our natural environment is the rift between society and our natural heritage – only by ‘changing hearts and minds’ can we conserve our natural heritage in the long-term.  The Trust feels everyone should have the opportunity to experience their natural heritage and be an integral part within it.  To address the threats that our woods now face, action is needed by society as a whole, this means changes in human behaviour, in our values and in our relationship with our natural heritage. 

In order to conserve the natural heritage of the Faughan Valley it is essential that the local communities take responsibility for their local heritage.  This project aims to foster commitment to the long-term care of the Faughan Valley and enable the local community to contribute to its stewardship and future management by empowering local volunteer groups through practical training and the provision of tools and equipment.

Through this we will aim to establish and train up to eight volunteer groups to enable them to undertake a wide range of activities to preserve, restore and promote the unique heritage of the Faughan Valley.

Through this project members of the same community and/or from neighbouring communities will work together to achieve common aims resulting in greater community cohesiveness and a much stronger sense of pride in their own local heritage.
 
The volunteer groups may receive training in all or some of the following areas:

 

  • Practical environmental skills
  •  Woodland management
  •  Organising a community event
  •  Environmental education
  •  Public speaking
  •  Media skills
  •  Motivating the community
  •  Basic health & safety
  •  Legislation
  •  First Aid

Volunteering has numerous advantages for an individual from social opportunities, health benefits and employment prospects. 80% of employers value volunteering on a CV while 62% of volunteers say volunteering reduces stress (source: Timebank).

There is a wealth of documented evidence which shows the physical, emotional and social benefits that individuals can derive from access to natural green space and woodland.  For example, spending time in woods has shown to enhance mood, improve self-esteem and lower blood pressure.

The project will also equip members of the community with increased life skills, developing self-esteem, confidence, communication and social skills, and an appreciation of the natural heritage.