Nene Coppicing and Crafts Community Interest Company (at Castor Hanglands, Sacrewell Mill and Nene Park
Title of role
Woodland volunteers and craft workers
Assisting the existing team of volunteers to work in some areas of the Castor Hanglands National Nature Reserve, restoring traditional woodland management, conserving the woodland and practising traditional woodland crafts
Assisting the team to produce useful items for sale by traditional methods, such as charcoal burning
Working with others at Sacrewell Mill to engage visitors and demonstrating traditional willow-working skills to produce craft work and basket work
Managing the willow beds at Nene Park
Tasks and activities
Physical work of all kinds, such as clearing the woodland using saws and loppers
Making new deer-proof barriers and planting new trees. As a bonus there will be an opportunity to learn new traditional green woodworking skills in order to make articles for sale or to keep
Loading charcoal kilns and assisting in the burning process, emptying the kilns and bagging the charcoal
Managing the willow beds by cutting and sorting the willow. Learning how to weave it into useful items for sale or for your own use
Experienced volunteers in each team
Castor Hanglands National Nature Reserve, Sacrewell Mill and Nene Park willow beds
From 10am to 4pm or as much time as you have available
Ability to do some physical work, but you can choose tasks that you can manage. Willingness to work in the open air in a wonderful location but with basic facilities!. Being part of a team, not following orders but agreeing priorities and making joint decisions through discussion
Specific training can be provided for certain tasks but mostly this is ‘learning on the job’ by observing and listening to experienced volunteers who are happy to pass on their knowledge and experience.
Some external courses may be available for very specific skills
Any other relevant information
We are a happy team who like to share the pleasure of working together. We not only work with nature and make things, but also enjoy our regular cuppas around the campfire and see that as a chance to share our knowledge, experience opinions (and jokes) in a friendly way. We are extremely lucky to have such beautiful locations to work in – places we must help to look after and cherish.
Visit http://www.nenecoppicingandcrafts.co.uk/ for more information.