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Burton Overy Parish Council

Serving the people of Burton Overy

Church

Clerk: Kate Barker
Springside House, Scotland
Lane, Burton Overy, Leicester
LE8 9DR

Tel: 07827 797125

Volunteers Needed

1. National Plant Monitoring Scheme

Do you know anyone with an interest in wild plants or who would like to learn more about them? As the weather warms and the days get longer we are looking for people to help us.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is helping us to understand what is happening to different habitats across the UK and is set to run for a number of years. The Scheme has been running for two survey seasons and over 900 volunteers have signed up and been out surveying. Many of these volunteers are new to plant surveying and have found the scheme accessible, are enjoying taking part and are exploring places to close to them and finding out new things. Volunteers are supported by materials which are sent to them, online resources and free training courses.

Do you know somebody who enjoys being outside? There are still opportunities to get involved with the scheme as a volunteer. In fact the more volunteers we have the more information is generated allowing us to get an even better understanding of what is happening in the landscape.

Who we are and what we need:

This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCC; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. Volunteers are recruited and supported to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

Across Leicestershire there are still 12 squares available to survey with more to be released in the future.

2. Community Champion

Volunteers are needed to help transform the lives of older, isolated people. VASL are a local community charity based in Market Harborough.

Would you like to become a Community Champion?

To find out more

Or visit www.vasl.org.uk

3. Tree Warden Initiative

Tree Wardens are volunteers appointed by their parish council to:

  • be a contact and support for all things tree related in their local area;
  • protect trees by reporting on early signs of pests, disease and vandalism;
  • gather information, survey and record information about trees important for wildlife or heritage in their parish;
  • help look out for opportunities to plant more trees in the local community, enhancing the environment for parishioners;
  • help find the money to fund local tree planting projects, e.g. The Tree Council have grants only available to Tree Wardens;
  • get involved in campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of trees.

The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative that enables people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods. The scheme has its roots in Leicestershire, being one of the first counties where Tree Wardens were appointed. Nationally, the scheme was founded and is co-ordinated by The Tree Council. Leicestershire

In order to reach all 8,000 volunteer tree wardens across the nation the Tree Council rely on the support of local networks which are led by local coordinators. Stepping Stones Project Officers, based at Leicestershire County Council, act as the local network coordinators for all Tree Wardens in the County. They provide technical training for Tree Wardens and support through advice about projects they might be involved with. Parish/Town Councils are responsible for the day to day management of their volunteer tree wardens.

For more information about the tree warden scheme and how it could benefit Burton Overy please see the leaflet here

Tree Warden leaflet

or contact the Stepping Stones Project at Leicestershire County Council on 0116 3057264 / 0116 3057221 or email steppingstones@leics.gov.uk