Our Hampshire Hedge project centres around the connecting up of existing, planting new and rejuvenating of old hedgerow in Hampshire over the next 3 years, connecting up the New Forest and the South Downs National Parks. This will provide connectivity and increased habitat for wildlife, as well the many benefits to farming and ecosystem services that we all benefit from. The project hopes to enhance the quality of the landscape, grow local community engagement, and raise awareness of the importance of hedgerows for wildlife, climate, and sustainable farming. This national campaign was launched in 2021 to extend the UK hedgerows network by 40% by 2050.
Planting and restoring hedgerows can prevent soil erosion, increase biodiversity by providing wildlife habitat for many species of birds, insects, butterflies and small mammals and can increase the overall aesthetic appeal of a landscape. Hedgerows also reduce flooding and the pollution going into our waterways, as well as removing carbon from the atmosphere reducing the impacts of climate change.
As part of the volunteer team, you will carry out a range of practical tasks, including hedge-planting, hedge-laying, assessing the quality and health of existing hedgerow, and a range of surveying to help ascertain the current wildlife value of the existing hedges. You will gain practical experience as well as developing your knowledge of the humble hedgerow and all it has to offer.
What you will be doing?
- Assessing the health of existing hedges through survey and monitoring activity
- Opportunity to monitor species such as bumblebee and butterfly abundance/carrying out butterfly and bumblebee transects to ascertain the current wildlife value of the existing hedgerows
What's in it for you?
- Use your skills and experience to contribute to the success of our charity and make a positive difference to the Hampshire countryside.
- Meet like-minded people and enjoy being part of a team.
- Enhance your CV by developing new skills and gaining valuable experience.
- We will provide you with relevant instruction and training around hedgerow planting and management to undertake this role.
- We’ll support you to develop and be safe in your volunteering role and provide you with all relevant health and safety information.
- We’ll give you a reference for your future work or volunteering.
- Get involved with social events and workshops on a local, regional and national level.
We provide out-of-pocket travel expenses should this be required.
The skills you need:
- A keen interest in the countryside and a desire to develop your skills in conservation
- The ability to undertake moderate physical activity
- Enjoy being part of a friendly team
- A flexible approach to volunteering
- Availability – activity is likely to take place several times a month between Summer 2023 – Spring 2027
- Ability to make your own way to and from the project site
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
The Horrill Centre Day Care and Wellbeing Centre (Age Concern)
Hythe Pier Heritage Association
Solent Rescue Independent Lifeboat
St John Ambulance