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Why not volunteer in the Vale countryside?

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Countryside Service is on the look-out for enthusiastic volunteers wanting to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and help preserve the environment.

 

Published: 01 August 2017

 

Steve Hunt with Shire horseWith a range of opportunities available at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village, Porthkerry Country Park, The Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Public Rights of Way, there has been no better time than now to get involved.

 

Volunteering can be a fun, rewarding and sociable experience; many volunteer groups have been set up across the county.

 

Porthkerry Wildlife Group, for instance, is made up of a group of adults dedicated to helping the wildlife in and around

Porthkerry Country Park.

 

Meeting every other week at 10:30am on a Sunday, a couple of hours are spent monitoring and recording the fauna and flora in the park.

 

Volunteers have, in the past, been recognised nationally for their hard work across the Vale.

 

A volunteer at Porthkerry Country Park, for example, has recently been recognised for his efforts in improving the biodiversity in the area, and was awarded the Wales Volunteer of the Year award in the ‘Green Volunteer’ category.

 

Steve Hunt, 70, has been maintaining the area for the past ten years, and has been responsible for preserving the woods and meadowland in the park by clearing scrub, picking litter and planting trees.

 

volunteers pulling invasive Honey garlic webHe said: “I got into volunteering 11 years ago when I met the previous warden, Rob, whilst walking through the park. After talking with Rob for some time, I offered to lend a hand with some of the work at the park. 

 

“Later, Mel started at Porthkerry and set up the Friends Group at Porthkerry, who meet once a fortnight.

 

“I enjoy spending time outdoors, and find volunteering really rewarding - especially seeing the changes to one of my favourite parks.

 

“I would recommend volunteering to all, especially to anyone who enjoys being outdoors.”

 

Mel Stewart, Site Ranger at Porthkerry, hopes that Steve’s example can encourage others in the Vale to get involved. She said: “He has been a dedicated, enthusiastic volunteer at the park and it would be difficult to imagine it without his commitment and skills.

 

“People like Steve are vital in our efforts to preserve the wonderful countryside we have in the Vale of Glamorgan. We need dedicated, committed individuals to help us do this, and invite all to get in touch with us.”

 

If you are interested in offering your services and volunteering in the Vale, please contact the team on countrysidevolunteer@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

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