Log sales at Tiddesley Wood (c) Harry GreenLog sales at Tiddesley Wood (c) Harry Green

A volunteer group that runs a major fundraising activity for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is holding a taster day for potential new recruits.

Log sales are held each month by members of the conservation charity’s Southeast Worcestershire supporter group. The sales raise vital funds for the conservation work undertaken by the Trust across the county.

Harry Green, volunteer organiser of the log sales, explained “Over the years the sale of logs and woodchips at Tiddesley Wood has grown into a major activity, raising much-needed funds for the Trust’s work. But the sales cannot operate without more pairs of hands to help out; it’s just a few hours once or twice a month from October to March.

“We’re always looking for volunteers to help year-round in Tiddesley Wood too – from helping to make sure our popular Tiddesley Wood Open Day runs smoothly to undertaking management work in the wood itself.”

Monthly log sales

Log sales at Tiddesley Wood (c) Wendy CarterThe sales are held once a month at the popular woodland, just outside Pershore. For volunteers the work involves filling bags, trailers and cars with pre-cut logs and woodchips.

Timber for the sales all comes from the Trust’s Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) approved woodland nature reserves. The wood is felled as part of woodland management for wildlife conservation; coppicing, ride-side clearance or thinning according to long-term plans.

Harry continued “This isn’t all about helping a good cause – it’s also a great opportunity for people to get some fresh air, save their gym fees and to make new friends. I’m not going to deny that it can be hard work but you really do feel better for it when the last car pulls out of the loading area.

“To some of our volunteers it’s an added bonus that they’re helping wildlife on their doorstep whereas for others, that’s the main reason they come along.

“You don’t have to have any experience to come along and help out; just enthusiasm for getting involved.”

Volunteers are invited to join in the sales when they can; any hours that can be contributed are much appreciated. Participants should wear stout footwear and scruffy clothes (gloves will be provided).

The taster session takes place on Sunday 12th October between 9.30am and 1.00pm. The event is free but booking is essential by emailing Kat Willcocks, volunteer co-ordinator, or calling her on 01905 754919.

The first log sales for the general public take place on Sat 25th and Sun 26th October between 10am and 1pm.