More help for countryside volunteers

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A new volunteer policy has been approved by Derbyshire County Council for its countryside service which recognises the importance of their work.

The county council’s Cabinet agreed to adopt the policy which will help each volunteer understand their role, the amount of time they can offer and what to expect.

Each volunteer will also be given induction training and support.

Coun Andy Botham, Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: “Volunteering makes a positive difference to our countryside service which benefits the wider community and helps people to learn new skills and improve their confidence.

“This policy will help to support volunteers and make sure the opportunities are worthwhile and rewarding to everyone.”

Each year members of the public provide more than 4,000 volunteer days for the council’s countryside service.

They help with many tasks including scrub clearance, tree planting and tree felling, repairing footpaths, clearing ponds, helping out on guided walks and with activities for children.

The service manage sites across Derbyshire including country parks, visitors centres, wildlife sites, waterways, wetlands, woodlands, trails and greenways.

A volunteer at Elvaston Castle Country Park said: “We do all sorts of things from planting trees and hedges to hedge laying and the variety is great as you get to try and learn new things.” To find out about countryside volunteer opportunities contact Steve Cresswell on 01629 593660 or steve.cresswell@derbyshire.gov.uk