Volunteers in Gainsborough learn environmentally friendly ways to maintain public areas
Volunteers in West Lindsey have been learning environmentally-friendly techniques to maintain public areas.
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) have begun using scythes, rather than petrol strimmers, to carry out grass cutting and clearance work.
The group regularly undertake conservation projects across West Lindsey, including in Theaker Avenue Nature Reserve, Mercer’s Wood and Castle Hill Woods in Gainsborough.
TCV Project Officer David Rodger said: "There are various benefits of using scythes instead of strimmers.
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"There’s no noise pollution, no fuel costs, it’s more controlled, less destructive and there’s more opportunity for wildlife to get out of the way.
"Volunteers use them wherever they can on local projects. In Gainsborough we’ve recently spent a couple of days clearing areas of Mercer Wood to allow easier access for visitors and walkers."
Gainsborough North ward member Cllr David Dobbie is a keen supporter of the group and last year gave £107 of his councillor initiative fund to buy 15 high visibility vests with the TCV logo for volunteers to wear.
He said: "I’ve enjoyed having a go with the scythe. I live locally and have always had an interest in how the reserve is looked after. I’d like to get a ‘friends’ group together, made up of local people who will take ownership of the meadow and look after it.
"TCV do a great job but we could achieve more. It’s an untapped resource. We moved up here because we saw it as a family area and children can run around and enjoy it. I like the natural beauty of it."
Up to 20 volunteers help out at a variety of conservation projects across the whole of West Lindsey, playing an active role in improving our environment.
They carry out a range of tasks, including grass cutting, fencing, litter picking, laying footpaths, clearing over-hanging branches, and making sure access is clear.
Paul Goss, from Glentworth, started volunteering with the group last October. He said: "I got early retirement so I was looking for something to do. I went to West Lindsey Voluntary Centre Services and this is one of the things they suggested to me.
"I gave it a go and it’s great. It gets me out of the house twice a week and gives me a sense of purpose."
To find out more or get involved call David Rodger on 01427 810350 or 07764 655668. The group is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tcvwestlindsey - where you can see a video demonstrating how to use a scythe