Meet some volunteers

Brian Jones

Brian JonesI currently have two volunteering roles with the Woodland Trust. I began back in 2012 as a Verifier on their Ancient Tree Hunt project.

Prior to that I became a volunteer Surveyor with the Herefordshire Parklands Project where I gained the initial skills and experience to allow me to record and map ancient and veteran trees.

In fact it was the Project Manager who suggested I might be interested in doing a very similar role for the Woodland Trust. I started to volunteer as an Ancient Tree Hunt Verifier and then I signed up to become an Observatree volunteer back in February 2013.

Personally, I enjoy volunteering as it gets you out and about. It keeps me occupied in my retirement. Being able to have studied different tree aspects over the last few years means it has become my forte – which I’m passionate about keeping up.

By undertaking these roles I’m keeping myself busy doing something I really enjoy and like to think I’m making a difference.

Sue Quick

Sue QuickI got involved with Observatree after hearing about the Chalara Dieback of Ash breakout. I had already been a recorder for Nature’s Calendar and a research project called Track a Tree. I was particularly interested in what I could do to help and to learn how to monitor the health of trees – especially as Ash is so predominant in the Peak District.

By joining Observatree as a volunteer I’ve learnt so much more about tree health symptoms.  The training I’ve been given on priority pests and diseases helps me feel confident in knowing what to look for.  When I walk down local footpaths now, I stop if something catches my attention that doesn’t look right or fit in.

I chose to volunteer as a tree surveyor because I like walking around in the countryside and being outdoors in general.  I’m very interested in trees and was a part of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Veteran Trees of Derbyshire project. Being semi-retired now means I can give something back to the community.

We need to get as many volunteers as we can to look at tree health across the country.  Being a volunteer is very straight forward – anyone who likes being outdoors and has good observational skills can do it.  We all need to do our bit to help our trees help themselves before it’s too late.