Volunteers hard at work

By Kate Young

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Volunteers hard at work

Green Gym at Sandown. Picture by Mark Russell.

NATURAL Enterprise is celebrating a partnership with Green Gym which has delivered more than 1,000 hours of volunteer work to its Gift To Nature sites on the Isle of Wight this winter.

March saw a flurry of activity with sessions at three sites — Castle Copse in East Cowes, Newchurch Bee Fields and Munsley Bog.

But the volunteers have also been busy at One Horse Field in Totland, Merstone Station and Pan Mill Meadows, which is a haven of countryside in the middle of Newport.

The largest turnout was at Munsley Bog at the beginning of March.

Mark Russell, of Green Gym, said: "With the ground water table as high as it has been recently, we were wondering if Munsley Bog had perhaps turned into Munsley Ocean.

"First impressions were good, the area looked much as it had done on previous sessions there, but once you ventured off the wooden walkway, care had to be taken to avoid the really boggy areas.

"More than one GreenGym-er was seen to be struggling with a welly that had been sucked down into the quagmire."

Carol Flux, from Natural Enterprise, said: "Many of the Gift To Nature sites are ideal for Green Gym as they are large enough for the workforce to spread across the whole site and carry out a range of activities.

"We are extremely grateful to all those who came along this winter — the sites look dramatically improved by the time they leave."

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