Log lobbers needed!

Wednesday 16th September 2015

Log lobbing (c) Wendy CarterLog lobbing (c) Wendy Carter

Volunteers at a popular Pershore nature reserve narrowly lost to staff in a log lobbing competition to help raise awareness of their need for more pairs of hands.

Log sales are held at Tiddesley Wood one weekend a month through the winter to raise vital funds for the work of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. The sales are run by volunteers from the conservation charity’s Southeast Worcestershire supporter group and the group are holding a ‘taster’ day for new volunteers on Sunday 11th October.

Volunteers vs Staff

Harry Green, organiser of the log sales, explained “We’ve been running log sales at Tiddesley Wood now for more than seventeen years. The operation has really grown but is completely run by volunteers and we need more hands on deck.

“Staff help out when needed but we thought it would be fun to challenge them to a log lobbing competition to see just who’s best at filling bags to get them ready for the public – as well as to raise awareness that we need more people to come along and join in the fun once or twice a month.

“Helping with log sales is a great way to keep fit while at the same time knowing that you’re raising much-needed funds for the Trust’s work.”

Monthly log sales

Log sales take place from 10am until 1pm one weekend a month starting from Saturday 31st October. The volunteers are hoping that people will come forward with just a few hours to spare once or twice a month between October to March.

For volunteers helping with the sales, work involves filling bags, trailers and cars with pre-cut logs and woodchips.

The timber for the sales comes from the Trust’s own Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) approved woodland nature reserves. Trees are felled as part of the conservation management of the woodlands – coppicing, ride-side clearance or thinning depending on the nature reserve and its long-term conservation plan.

Fresh air, green gym, new friends

Log sales at Tiddesley Wood (c) Wendy CarterHarry continued “Helping sell logs and woodchips isn’t just about helping a good cause; it’s a brilliant opportunity to get some fresh air, save their gym fees and meet new people.

“None of us can deny that it can be hard work but that keeps you warm on a frosty morning – and you really do feel great when the last car pulls off and you can relax with a cup of tea!

“You don’t have to have any experience to come along and help out; just enthusiasm for getting involved. And if you find that you love it, we could always do with extra help in the wood all year round or at our popular Open Day each May.”

The competition between staff and volunteers will take place at 3pm on Wednesday 23rd September. Teams will be timed on how quickly they can lob logs into bags, ready to sell to the public.

Volunteers are invited to join in the sales when they can; any hours that can be contributed are much appreciated. Participants should wear stout footwear and scruffy clothes (gloves will be provided).

The taster session takes place on Sunday 11th October between 9.30am and 1.00pm. The event is free but booking is essential by emailing Helen Dorey or calling her on  01905 754919.

The first log sales for the general public take place on Sat 31st October and Sun 1st November between 10am and 1pm.

Visit our volunteer pages to find out about other ways to support the Trust.

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