I’ve always aspired to be an eco-warrior, not just for the good karma but because I really enjoy spending time outdoors appreciating nature. Thanks to Eurocamp’s partnership with The Woodland Trust, I got the chance to play warrior for the day and do my bit for the local environment at a volunteering day in Hazel Pear Wood, Cheshire. Check out my green-fingers diary to see if you could cut it with The Woodland Trust!
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Diary of a day in the great outdoors
9 am: We arrive at the woodland with a spring in our step and are greeted by Neil, the Site Manager. He gives us a brief history of the surrounding woodland, including the origins of the name ‘Hazel Pear’, which belongs to the pear trees planted there and happen to be Cheshire’s very own type of pear!
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9:15 am: We start to prepare for our volunteering activity: coppicing. Coppicing is a ye olde English term for cutting trees, and whilst this may sound destructive it is very helpful for woodland and promotes the growth of wonderful new trees! This involves using bow saws and loppers, so we get trained up using these before watching Neil cut down a tree correctly (he made it look far easier than it actually was!).
10 am – 1 pm: We saw, snap and snip our way through the designated trees. There are some great “TIMBERRR” moments and I must admit it’s quite beautiful the way they shower us in autumnal leaves as they fall.
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1 pm – 2 pm: 60 trees later we’re feeling like genuine lumberjacks and sporting a very healthy glow! Nothing beats a good bit of exercise in the fresh air, but I’m definitely ready for a spot of lunch.
2 pm – 3:30 pm: Fed and watered, we’re ready to start piling up the branches and trunks we’ve cut, which will make great homes for bugs and help surrounding trees grow better.
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3:30 – 4:30 pm: We finish the day with a wander around the wood and Neil shares more about the local biology of the area and explains some of the challenges UK woods face. The UK has, on average, 50% less woodland cover compared to Europe, which stresses the importance of looking after the precious woodlands we do have!
If you enjoy being in the great outdoors too, you’ll enjoy holidays with Eurocamp. Lots of the parcs have been awarded environmental certificates like “La Clef Verte” and you’ll also find that all our lovely brochures are printed on FSC certified paper – a breath of fresh air right?! Start with these awe-inspiring lake and mountain holidays for a greener, healthier time!