My Week

Janet Canning
Janet Canning

I HAVE a fantastic job working as a Reserve Manager for Natural England on the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve - this entails community outreach - giving people opportunities to get involved through volunteering and ensuring public access meets visitor needs whilst still protecting the habitat of this important and rare lowland raised bog.

Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt on Hatfield Moors attended by 14 children with their families having fun searching for chocolate, getting exercise and learning about the Reserve. Future events can be found at /humberheadpeatlandsnnr Managed to get more walk miles in by taking a stroll around our lovely village in the evening.

Sunday was a quieter day planting my seed potatoes down on my half allotment at Long Mare and Foal. Listening to the continuous song of a delightful skylark whilst I worked. Rain stopped play though.

Monday was a trip to do a bit of gardener shopping at Marshall’s Yard - It rained again but that was good for the garden, allotment and the peat bog!

Tuesday was the evening club night of the Isle of Axholme Garden Club where I am on the Committee and our speaker was Stuart Dixon talking about dreaming spires of herbaceous perennials.

Weds back at work, catching up with e-mails and a team meeting at the office allocating budgets for the year mainly. PM on Hatfield working with Phoenix Futures putting in some home-made benches for visitors so more people can enjoy the Reserve. This group come once a week and have helped Natural England to develop the visitor facilities on site as part of their service user’s re-habilitation.

Thurs I checked a walk route for a 24 hour circumambulation to be held in July around Lindholme Hall at Hatfield Moors. To raise money to safeguard thirty acres of un-cut peat land for future generations. The Hall is working with Natural England to involve the community and raise awareness of the NNR.