My name is Kate, and I’m the new Full Time Volunteer for Boscastle to Morwenstow. Having just started at the Stowe Barton North Cornwall National Trust office I feel I have already gained a great deal more practical experience than I started with just a week and a half ago. I have been installing benches, fixing steps, putting in new gates, jumping down holes to read meters and driving large vehicles around the lanes of North Cornwall. Now I have been thrown into writing a (this) blog post!
A bit about me: I studied BSc Anthropology at university and since finishing I have been working for an inner-city habitat creation programme. I have a soft spot the North Cornish coast and it is great to be back in the countryside. I’m looking forward to gaining more practical skills in environmental conservation and working with other volunteers during the next 6 months. If I can pluck up the courage to buy a winter wet suit and get in the sea, I might even try to improve my terrible surfing skills.
I have been lucky enough to work with the National Trusts group of conservation volunteers during two days of scrub bashing at Sandymouth. Having been entrusted with looking after lunch I managed to not burn the spuds to a crisp which I feel was a great achievement on my part. We managed to clear a large area of scrub (mainly gorse and blackthorn) on both days and on Tuesday the volunteers were so efficient with the loppers it was being cut down faster than we could burn it. Jenny the Ranger also spotted and managed to save a spindle tree before the saws reached it!
Full Time Volunteer — Boscastle to Morwenstow