Partnership appeals for new volunteers

Vounteers with the Belfast Hills Partnership.
Vounteers with the Belfast Hills Partnership.

The Belfast Hills Partnership is appealing for anyone who would like to start the new year by volunteering to conserve the local area to get in touch.

The conservation volunteer programme is vital in protecting the area and the Partnership is hoping local people will join the team this year.

A spokesperson for the Partnership explained: “The practical conservation tasks we do on a Saturday morning will be so much fun that you will get fitter without even realising it whilst out on site.

“We will take you to places you might not have known existed, like the beautiful nature reserve at Slievenacloy. And most importantly, you will become part of a wonderful team of volunteers who will support you, laugh with you and make you feel welcome. Our Saturday conservation volunteer group meet on the last or second last Saturday morning each month to carry out a Big Saturday Task. These tasks cover a variety of practical conservation work including big river clean ups, woodland management, wildflower seed collection and much more.”

Volunteer Officer, Lisa Critchley, said: “Our volunteer programme was awarded the Investing in Volunteers Award, a quality standard award for volunteering and it certainly is proven time and again through the lovely group. The team of volunteers really make a difference to the sites across the hills. Everyone always has a great laugh during the tasks and still manage to get a lot done! We’d definitely be lost without them.”

If you do want to join the team, or just find out more, simply contact the Volunteer Officer, Lisa, by email lisa.critchley@belfasthills.org or phone 028 9060 3466.