Join Tiddesley's log lobbers

Tuesday 4th October 2016

Some of Tiddesley's log lobbers (c) Wendy CarterSome of Tiddesley's log lobbers (c) Wendy Carter

Volunteers at a popular Pershore nature reserve are making a plea for more pairs of hands to join their log lobbers team.

The volunteers organise a series of log sales events throughout the autumn and winter to raise vital funds for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. The logs and woodchips are the by-product of woodland conservation work undertaken by the wildlife charity.

Log lobbers at Tiddesley Wood (c) Wendy CarterHarry Green, organiser of the log sales, explained “Our local supporter group has been organising and running monthly sales at Tiddesley Wood for almost twenty years now.

“We’re always in need of extra pairs of hands so have organised a ‘taster’ session for people to come along and try it out – there’s no pressure to return but we hope that people would want to.

“We’re a friendly bunch and like to have a laugh while we’re selling logs. And getting involved provides the perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and keep fit as well as help wildlife right on the doorstep.”

The log lobbing taster session is taking place on Sunday 16th October from 9.30am.

Log sales to the general public start on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October between 10am until 1pm and monthly thereafter.

Woodland conservation

Volunteers who help with the sales fill bags, trailers and cars with pre-cut logs and woodchips. Volunteers are not expected to commit to every log sale – just helping at one per month between October and March would make a difference.

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.

Harry continued “I can’t deny that logging lobs into bags and trailers is hard work but it really does keep you toasty on frosty winter mornings.

“And when the last car has driven away, there’s nothing quite like relaxing with a cuppa.”

“Volunteers don’t need experience to help out; just enthusiasm for getting involved. And for those that really enjoy it, there are plenty of year-round opportunities to join in with too.”

Participants should wear stout footwear and scruffy clothes (gloves will be provided).

The taster session takes place on Sunday 16th October between 9.30am and 1.00pm. The event is free but booking is essential by contacting Scott Dallow, volunteer co-ordinator, on 01905 754919 or scott@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org

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