“I became aware of Earth Trust via a flyer asking for volunteer at Abbey Fishponds. I regularly walked through the reserve and on to Thrupp Lake; both places I frequented as a child, so the idea of helping to maintain them really appealed and I signed up.
As part of Thursday Group, we look after both reserves. The tasks vary and could include clearing footpaths or repairing fences. The trust also provided scythe training and we now use scythes to mow grass and reedbeds. It’s so enjoyable some of us formed a new ‘scything gang’!
In 2018 I started helping on-site maintenance officer Noel with some of his larger projects, so I’m now volunteering for two days a week.”
If you’d like to hear more about Mike’s experience as a volunteer, you can read more here.