East Devon countryside team praise volunteers

PUBLISHED: 08:02 14 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:28 18 January 2016

Volunteers enjoy a Christmas get together at Branscombe. Photo by Steve Edmonds.

Volunteers enjoy a Christmas get together at Branscombe. Photo by Steve Edmonds.

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An army of helpers provides 4,500 hours of service during 2015

East Devon District Council’s countryside team has praised its army of local volunteers for their ‘overwhelming commitment and generosity’ during the past year.

Throughout 2015, they dedicated an astonishing 4,500 hours of service, maintaining and preserving important nature reserves.

Cllr Iain Chubb, the authority’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Volunteers offer a range of skills and experience and are an invaluable resource to the countryside team.

“Without their work, the East Devon countryside and the abundance of wildlife we enjoy would be very different.”

During most weekends, the information centre at Seaton Wetlands is hosted by volunteers, who provide local knowledge, hot drinks and access to the disabled Tramper vehicle.

Every week, there are two groups which carry out practical work at various sites including Knapps Copse, Trinity Hill and Holyford Woods. The volunteers assist with a range of tasks including scrub clearance, tree coppicing and hedge-laying in order to promote wildlife conservation.

In addition, there are volunteers who run monthly ‘Meet the Bird’ sessions, maintain the hides at the Seaton Wetlands, support the countryside team events and much more.

For more information on volunteering opportunities and the EDDC countryside team, people should contact countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk or call 01395 571707 or visit http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/volunteering/

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