The Donkey Sanctuary is seeking volunteers for its Himalayan Balsam Clearance Volunteer Day in Dorset on Wednesday 6 September from 10am to 4pm.
Volunteers are wanted to help clear Himalayan balsam plants along the bank of the River Axe on Donkey Sanctuary land at East Axnoller Farm near Beaminster in Dorset. Himalayan balsam is an invasive plant which spreads quickly and causes serious damage to UK river and stream habitats.
This conservation work contributes towards the Axe Invasives Project and as well as safeguarding the river’s future, volunteers will be benefitting the Sanctuary’s 364 donkeys by providing environmental enrichment and a healthy ecosystem.
Ruth Angell, The Donkey Sanctuary’s wildlife and conservation manager says: ‘Each month I run a conservation Volunteer Day when we carry out outdoor practical tasks such as woodland management, hedge laying and hedge planting, willow weaving and pond restoration. These events are a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people, share and learn skills, and have fun in the great outdoors.’
The Donkey Sanctuary will be holding Woodland Management Volunteer Days on Wednesday 25 October and Saturday 28 October at The Sanctuary’s main site in Sidmouth, and also 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 required. 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, but please wear sturdy footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing. Volunteers should bring a packed lunch.
For further information and to book a place on The Donkey Sanctuary’s volunteering days, please contact Ruth Angell on 01395 573162 or email@example.com