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Celebrating 100 years of forestry and raising awareness of volunteering

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Throughout 2019 the Forestry Commission, along with partners, is celebrating 100 years of forestry. Following the passing of the Forestry Act in September 1919, the Forestry Commission was founded to replenish the nation’s timber reserves in the wake of the First World War. We are now England’s largest public landowner, actively managing over 1,500 public forests and woodlands to benefit people, nature and the economy. We deliver internationally renowned research in support of sustainable forestry, and act as the Government’s expert advisors on forestry policy, helping other landowners to protect, improve and expand their forests.

We’ve got the staff; do you have the volunteering roles?

Forestry Commission volunteers carry out maintenance work  (Forestry Commission)
Forestry Commission volunteers carry out maintenance work (Forestry Commission)

As part of the Centenary celebrations, we will be promoting a staff volunteering scheme encouraging Forestry Commission employees to take up their Civil Service paid volunteering days. To inspire our staff to get volunteering, we want to share with them a variety of opportunities – and that’s where we need your help! Please tell us about any volunteering opportunities you have which our staff could take part in. Whether it’s a volunteering task that will take a full day or just a couple of hours, the Forestry Commission staff are ready and waiting to get stuck in! To share your volunteering opportunities or ask any questions, please contact Ellen Devine, Centenary Wellbeing Projects Manager (ellen.devine@forestryengland.uk

Boots to fill

We have volunteering opportunities happening across England, so if you enjoy the outdoors, want to learn new skills, meet new people and want to be part of the Forestry Commission team, visit the website to find your perfect volunteering role https://www.forestryengland.uk/volunteering

Spotlight on the forests

The Big Forest Find will be England’s biggest project to record forest wildlife. Whether you’re a seasoned naturalist or budding wildlife enthusiast, volunteer your time to record the rich and varied wildlife found in our forests. The findings you record with the help of experts and the wider public will create a biodiversity dataset that can be built up over time and contribute to the next 100 years of forest management

Sign up to find out when events are taking place in your local forest: https://www.forestryengland.uk/100/big-forest-find

First published in CJS Focus on Volunteering in association with the Woodland Trust on 11 February 2019