Calling All Tree Lovers!
If you want to connect with nature whilst helping a South Devon charity, then join us to restore and care for the trees on the beautiful Sharpham Estate.
Our Winter Tree Care Day takes place on Sunday February 12, from 10am to 3.30pm and is free.
You'll join our team of volunteers who lovingly look after the grounds - thought to have been landscaped by Capability Brown – and experience the beautiful Sharpham Estate at first hand.
“The work done on this day helps to ensure the future of our parkland trees,” said Sharpham Trust Volunteer & Engagement Officer Maya Herbolzheimer.
“Without our team of volunteers, conservation work on Sharpham Estate would go much slower. This is a day that really highlights the valuable job they do.”
The Trust has been working to preserve that landscape, whilst ensuring that future planting works not only for our eyes and hearts, but for birdlife, insects and other animals.
This year on Winter Tree Care day we will focus on restoring and replacing tree guards in the orchard, as well as general maintenance of the fruit trees.
The tree-guards prevent deer, cattle or sheep from eating the bark of newly-planted trees, helping them to a better start. The day will be led by Trust partners Ambios with support from Trust staff and volunteers.
The day will involve a range of tasks: some heavy and some lighter. Participants should bring gloves, boots and suitable clothing.
The Trust will supply a tasty lunch to keep volunteers warm and refreshed.
Just turn up and get involved
Participants interested in getting involved can just turn up on the day, without booking. However, the day is not suitable for very young children. Before you set out, check the website and our social media for announcements if the weather is terrible.
The team will meet at Sharpham apple orchards directly below Sharpham House. Please park at the back of Sharpham House and walk down to the orchards. The way will be signposted on the day.
The grounds incorporate a range of terrains – get in touch if you’ve got mobility issues.
There is more information, including directions on how to get to Sharpham at our website.
Volunteering at Sharpham
Each week, a team of volunteers works on the Sharpham Estate, helping to conserve the grounds of this Grade 1-listed Georgian mansion on the banks of the River Dart.
“It’s a win-win if you volunteer with us,” said Maya. “Volunteers gain experience in working on the land and in this special landscape, they gain gardening and tree knowledge and they stay fitter too.”
Volunteering at Sharpham can be a great way to:
Find out more about volunteering at The Sharpham Trust throughout the year by emailing Maya on firstname.lastname@example.org or on the phone at 01803 731802.
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