Our best volunteer week yet!

Last week a group of our volunteers headed out for five days of practical action!  With tools at the ready, they worked hard to conserve and enhance different areas of our special national park – what a great way to explore!  With a different activity organised for each day there was something for everyone – whether they wanted to maintain Snowdon’s well trodden footpaths or to clear Himalayan balsam from a Special Area of Conservation.

Volunteers maintaining Snowdon’s footpath with the Snowdon wardens.

Claire Powell told me that her favourite day “has to be when we helped to clear part of a conifer plantation at Abergwyngregyn. It was such a rewarding experience working as a team and knowing that our work that day will help native trees to grow in the future”.  Our volunteers teamed up with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) warden Huw Green and worked hard to clear conifer saplings from an area in Coedydd Aber, to encourage native broad-leaf woodland to regenerate!

Danny Moffat is a student always looking to enhance his skills and he volunteered to gain some practical experience and loved that he got to do this in our beautiful National Park.  He commented that “the work was fun and rewarding and it was really interesting learning about the conversation techniques involved whilst working in such stunning areas of Wales. “

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Volunteers bashing the balsam in Bala

Claire also said that she has” thoroughly enjoyed this week! It has been great fun meeting new people, learning new skills and using new equipment. Each day has been an exciting new challenge and it’s great to have been able to explore more of North

A big thank you goes out to Claire, Danny and everyone else who joined us to make this years volunteer week our most successful one yet! They put in well over 200 hours worth of practical work back into Snowdonia – at a time when budget cuts mean it is most needed! Da iawn pawb!

Thank you very much to our partners:

  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Snowdonia National Park Authority
  • The National Trust
  • Bryn Gwynant Youth Hostel

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