Chance to do your bit in the great outdoors

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Nature lovers in South Yorkshire are being urged to get outdoors and do their bit.

Volunteers are being sought across the county for a range of projects taking place in woodland beauty spots this year.

The Government’s Forestry Commission is appealing for people to help out with woodland maintenance, trail building and conservation initiatives.

Rangers say South Yorkshire’s army of volunteers find friendship and improve their fitness through helping out. Training is also provided.

Volunteer Pam Millichap said “Volunteering is the best thing I have ever done.

“I love being out in the open, making new friends and learning about the forest. It also keeps me healthy and active.”

Louise Fleetwood, volunteer co-ordinator at the Forestry Commission, said “We welcome volunteers regardless of age, ability or fitness level, to help us improve and protect a variety of woodlands.

“Not only will you make a huge difference to the wildlife and people of your local woodlands, it’s a great opportunity to get out.”

n Visit the website www.forestry.gov.uk/england-volunteering for details.