Call for 500 helpers to secure future of Bourne Wood

Bourne Wood. Photo: Pete Gillatt
Bourne Wood. Photo: Pete Gillatt

A local community group is appealing for volunteers with lots of enthusiasm and bags of energy to help secure the future of Bourne Wood.

The Friends of Bourne Wood is actively looking for support from the local community to help it achieve its goal of having 500 volunteers by February 2015.

The Friends Group which helps to promote the local woods, which have stood for over 1,000 years, needs more volunteers to enable the future of the woodland and to ensure residents continue to enjoy one of the town’s most precious resources.

Group secretary, Sarah Roberts said: “What we’re looking for are people who are prepared to offer a few hours of their time to just help out at events.

“This could be anything from physical help putting up a marquee and lifting tables, to running stalls and guiding visitors.

“Our plan is to operate a rota system so volunteers will only need to help for a few hours on the day.”

Unfortunately, the group had to cancel its popular Santa in the Wood event this year, due to a lack of volunteers.

Sarah explains how vital the volunteers help is.

“We were really disappointed to have to cancel the event, but we just can’t put these events on if we don’t have enough people to help on the day.”

The next major event in the group’s calendar is an Easter activities day on April 6, featuring a trail through the wood and other attractions which are currently being planned.

The Friends of Bourne Wood is looking for anyone who would be willing to help commit a few hours of their time to help at this event and other future events.

Sarah adds: “We have lots of ideas for events next year but are always delighted to receive suggestions, donations and offers of support in addition to volunteers.

“If you run or work for a local business and can contribute to our community events in other ways, please get in touch.

“We look forward to welcoming you as a Friend of Bourne Wood!”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please e-mail your contact details to roberts.sarah@gmail.com to let her know whether you’d prefer to help with physical work or visitor support.

Or visit www.friendsofbournewoods.org.uk.