Bentley Big Green Woodland Fair celebrates Doncaster conservation volunteers

Conservation volunteers hosted a woodland fair to mark a milestone anniversary.

Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 8:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 7:40 am
Lexie Burns, five and Carol-Ann Burns, five, pictured making decorations and wood crafts on the DMBC Countryside teams activity table. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP-21-09-19-BigGreenWeekend-8

Activities that took place at Bentley Community Woodland included foraging walks, green woodworking, willow weaving, family den building, campfire cooking and children’s storytelling.There was also an opportunity to meet the local rangers, TCV staff and watch a chainsaw carving demonstration.

Darren York, TCV Chief Executive, said: “TCV’s Big Green Weekend is a celebration of the valuable green spaces – which are under increasing pressure in these challenging economic times – and the individuals who freely give their time for their protection.

“It is often thanks to the efforts of the volunteers across the UK that they are cared for and improved for the benefit of people and nature.”

Hayley Barclay, Project Officer, takes part in Marshmallow Toasting with Millie-Anne Chambers, seven, Macey-Jae Chambers, five and Charlie Cowan, ten. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP-21-09-19-BigGreenWeekend-9

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TCV’s Big Green Weekend is an opportunity to showcase the scale and breadth of the activities TCV volunteers deliver week in, week out across the UK, and a chance to say a huge thanks to all the amazing volunteers.

Bentley Community Woodland is 93-hectare woodland, planted on top of the restored Bentley Coal Tip.The woodland is perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding, and is also home to a variety of wildlife ranging from owls to deer, butterflies to all colours of wildflowers.

Ralph Walker, TCV Marketing Executive, said: “TCV’s annual Big Green Weekend showcases the scale and breadth of the activities we deliver week-in-week-out across the UK.

“It’s a chance for the public to join in, feel good and find out more about TCV, the community volunteering charity.“It’s also a chance to say a huge thanks to all our amazing volunteers across the UK and celebrate our 60th anniversary.

Charlotte Watson-Gold, 13, pictured with her brother Nathaniel Watson-Gold, 11. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP-21-09-19-BigGreenWeekend-7

“TCV brings people together, strengthening communities and improving wellbeing. “Our volunteers work to protect and enhance our everyday green spaces for the benefit of wildlife and for us all to enjoy; which really is something to celebrate.”

The Big Green Weekend at Bentley Community Woodlands gets underway. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP-21-09-19-BigGreenWeekend-6
Nichola Treble, pictured with sons, Henry Rose, six and Hugo Rose, three, during TeePee building. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP-21-09-19-BigGreenWeekend-5
Ruby Laycock, five, pictured during the Big Green Weekend at Bentley Community Woodland. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP-21-09-19-BigGreenWeekend-3
Conservation Volunteers, pictured during the Big Green weekend event at Bentley Community Woodland. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP-21-09-19-BigGreenWeekend-1
Storytime gets underway, with Jayne Lane, of Bentley Community Hub early years development worker. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP-21-09-19-BigGreenWeekend-2