The Donkey Sanctuary is welcoming volunteers to its Hedges and Willows Volunteer Day in Sidmouth on Wednesday 22 March from 10am till 4pm.
Each month the Sanctuary runs wildlife and conservation volunteer days, which include outdoor practical tasks such as gardening, woodland management, hedge planting, willow weaving and the building of bug hotels. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people, share and learn skills, and have fun.
This month, the team will be planting native hedgerow and harvesting willows at Trow Farm in Sidmouth. This is one of the Sanctuary’s largest farms, where 465 donkeys live and most of the charity’s haylage is produced. Volunteers are welcome to take willow home for their own fencing, sculpture and living willow projects, and will get the opportunity to meet the Sanctuary’s donkeys, who benefit from these projects through environmental enrichment and a healthy ecosystem.
The Sanctuary will also be holding Woodland Fencing Volunteer Days on Saturday 22 and Wednesday 26 April, and welcomes volunteers on a drop-in basis to its Butterfly Garden Thursdays - a weekly gardening project running all year round.
The Donkey Sanctuary’s Volunteer Days are free events, however, booking is essential. No experience is necessary, just a reasonable level of fitness, and volunteers must be over the age of 16. Gloves, tools and hot drinks will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring a packed lunch and a bottled drink.
As part of their Higher Level Stewardship scheme with Natural England, The Donkey Sanctuary takes a proactive approach to improving conditions for farmland wildlife, enhancing landscape character and protecting the natural and historic environment. Volunteers play a vital role in this work, assisting in many areas of conservation.
For further information and to book a place on any of our volunteering days, please contact Ruth on 01395 573162 or via firstname.lastname@example.org