Volunteering

Covid19  Pandemic Notice

Next Volunteers Days when permitted
These will be restricted to Cormonachan Community Woodlands volunteers only who, if they wish to volunteer, must come individually, not giving a lift to anyone else and keep a minimum of two metres away from other volunteers. Clean Hi-Vis jackets, gloves and face shields will be available for volunteers to use.
Members may be pleased to get out for some useful exercise over the months ahead which providing the Government’s advice is adhered to will benefit both the volunteers health and the woodlands.

All other volunteers from the National Park have been asked not to attend during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Next Volunteers Day when permitted
Last day to clear the remaining Rhododendron by Cormonachan Burn leaving just the spraying to do on last year’s re-growth in the same area subject to suitable weather.

Next Volunteers Day to follow
To clear the ditches of self seeded plants/trees and overhanging branches between Jan’s Hideaway anti-clockwise to the top junction on the circular path above Jan’s Hideaway. (Note – Four volunteers cleared all of the areas around the Squirrel Trail on 29th February between 10 am and 3 pm with a lunch break).

When allowed to start volunteers days again, we may only be able to offer one day a month with Friday by preference.

If you are concerned about your health please see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for further advice.

The physical Volunteers Days for 2020:-

Saturday 18th January 2020 10 am to 4 pm (1 CWA + 4 NPA)
Friday 31st January 10 am to 4 pm (4 CWA + 1 NPA)
Saturday 1st February 10 am to 4 pm (2 CWA)

Friday 28th February 10 am to 4 pm (Cancelled)
Saturday 29th February 10 am to 4 pm (2 CWA + 3 NPA + 7 FCG)
Sunday 1st March 10 am to 4 pm  (Cancelled due to snow and weather)

Friday 27th March 10 am to 4 pm (Cancelled due to Covid-19 Pandemic)
Saturday 28th March 10 am to 4 pm (Cancelled due to Covid-19 Pandemic)

Friday 24th April 10 am to 4 pm (Cancelled due to Covid-19 Pandemic)
Saturday 25th April 10 am to 4 pm (Cancelled due to Covid-19 Pandemic)

Friday 29th May 10 am to 4 pm (Cancelled due to Covid-19 Pandemic)
Saturday 30th May 10 am to 4 pm (Cancelled due to Covid-19 Pandemic)

During the summer period of June, July and August there are no fixed general maintenance volunteers days – volunteering will be restricted to strimming the paths, pesticide spraying the Rhododendron ponticum re-growth and chainsaw work all requiring certificated operator volunteer members.

It is hoped to be able to start some volunteering over the summer months subject to the relaxation of the Covid-19 Pandemic regulations.

Friday 25th September 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 26th September 10 am to 4 pm

Friday 30th October 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 31st October 10 am to 4 pm

Friday 27th November 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 28th November 10 am to 4 pm

and then will start again in January 2021.

Work to do includes cutting invasive Rhododendron ponticum and bracken, strimming the paths (certificated volunteer members only), scything, felling Sitka spruce trees (certificated volunteer members only), pruning branches alongside the paths, painting the Red Squirrel Hide & storage shed and the Contemplation Shelter, maintaining the ditches, cleaning the picnic tables & benches, helping to make sculptures, topping up the squirrel feeders, cleaning the information signs and anything else that may be needed to maintain the woodlands in good order.

Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd Volunteer Policy

Click on these links – Annual Work Programme 2020 to 2021 and

Volunteer Members Tasks 2020 to 2021 – for more information.

Please email the Volunteers Leader in advance of the Volunteers Day you wish to attend:-
Volunteers@cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk

We do hope that as many people as possible can volunteer over these months. If you haven’t volunteered before, give it a GO!

You will be welcome to help mornings, afternoons or both on any or all of these days!

Please email the Volunteers Leader in advance of the Volunteers Day you wish to attend:-

Volunteers@cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk

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Your Questions answered.

What does Volunteering involve?

Volunteering can help the Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd in different ways:-

1) Volunteering to become an annual member – this helps pay for the running of the organisation.

2) Volunteering on the Board – helping run the company with its organisation & funding.

3) Volunteering to help raise funds – the company has no income stream other than annual membership.

4) Volunteering at events – helping to set up & take down our marquee and run the stand (Open Days/Gala Day/etc.)

5) Volunteering in the woodlands – helping physically, working at various tasks.

More information on the above…

1) Volunteering to become an annual member

Q. Why is it important that the company has members?

A. The Cormonachan Community Woodlands is a not-for-profit organisation. It has no income stream, such as being able to sell timber commercially from the woodlands. The woodlands are community woodlands run for the preservation of the woodlands and maintenance of its paths for education and recreation. The company has to raise money to run the organisation. There are annual costs that have to be covered – third party insurance, insurance of its structures (Red Squirrel Hide, Shed & Contemplation Shelter), tools, equipment, website hosting, domain renewal costs, stationery, printing ink, non-fundable annual costs such as servicing equipment, petrol, oils & chains/cords for chainsaw and strimmers, incidentals, etc. All these costs are paid for by the membership’s annual subscriptions. It is therefore important to the company that members renew their membership annually to ensure the viability of the company’s future.

CCW Membership Form and CCW Subscriber Form (Both forms have to be completed to join Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd.)

2) Volunteering on the Committee

Q. How do I apply to become a Committee Member?

A. You need to have a passion to want to preserve Cormonachan Community Woodlands for Conservation, Education and Recreation. You volunteer your services advising the committee of your attributes and experiences. As the Board is made up of up to eight members (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Volunteers Leader and three other places), you would need to be co-opted/elected a place on the Board when a vacancy becomes available. All board members are re-elected or  elected at the Annual General Meeting. Committee meetings would average around six meetings a year. Board members would be expected to attend and organise volunteer groups a few times each year. The Volunteers Leader’s position is shown on the Volunteers Leader Job Description. The Volunteers Leader is in charge of organising the Team Leaders – see CWA Team Leader Check List.

3) Volunteering to help raise funds

Q. How can we help to raise funds?

A. You can help with these items:-

1) Encourage your friends and neighbours to become members of the Association.

2) Donate small or larger amounts of money to Cormonachan Community Woodlands’s projects or general fund (the “Upper Cormonachan Paths Project Fund” is the current project).
Cheques or bank transfers are welcome or ‘Donate’ via PayPal on the Association’s website – http://www.cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk/news.html  (bottom of page).

3) When buying anything on-line, check to see if that one (of 3,000 listed retailers) is offering a fund raising donation to Cormonachan Community Woodlands.
Go to https://www.goraise.co.uk/cormonachan-woodlands-association as small amounts add up to big amounts if lots of members use the system.

4) The Board obtains funding for projects, tools, equipment, structures, paths and training of member volunteers through a wide range of available community funds. Members with funding application experience are invited to contact the Company’s Secretary with any funding sources information they may have that would be beneficial to the organisation.

4) Volunteering at events

Q. Why does the Company have Open Days and attend other events, such as Gala Days locally?

A. Members of the local community need to be informed about the historic and modern-day value of Cormonachan Community Woodlands which are classified as ‘Ancient Semi Natural Woodlands’. These 63.9 hectares of ancient Atlantic oak and hazel woodlands with their paths have to be maintained for conservation, education and recreation on behalf of the local community. Walking in Cormonachan Community Woodlands around the 1 km Squirrel Trail or 2.5 km circular paths is excellent for people’s health and walking dogs is welcome. These are lovely walks to do all year round, however, in order to keep them in good order, the Company needs volunteers for the maintenance of the paths. Open Days and Gala Days help to promote the Company’s work and gain new members and also raise funds for projects.

5) Volunteering in Cormonachan Community Woodlands

Q. My family and I would like to help as volunteers but we haven’t done it before. What is the procedure?

A. We meet at the Cormonachan Community Woodlands car park preferably 10 minutes before the start time on a Volunteers Day. Before each of the days we generally list the priorities for the day and advise members by email. It’s always helpful if you can let us know which day(s) you can volunteer on so we can plan what tools may be required. We supply tools, HiVis jackets, gloves, helmets and visors, etc. if appropriate. Children are welcome if attended by parents. The minimum age for volunteering is 16. If the car park is full we arrange parking just down the road and a shuttle service… A safety briefing is given by the Team Leaders of the day, you sign an Adult Medical Information & Consent form and a selection of tasks will be available with guidance. First Aiders are always in attendance. Volunteer Days are on the last Friday and Saturday of January, February, March, April, May, September, October & November with an occasional Sunday. The full day sessions run from 10 am to 4 pm including a social half hour break for lunch. You can come for the day or a morning or an afternoon.  We try to have a good time volunteering and achieve good results in looking after the woodlands. Currently our oldest volunteer is 78 years old.

Your volunteering will help to maintain these ancient Atlantic oak and hazel woodlands and keep the paths in good order for locals and visitors to enjoy these wonderful walks. Below is the compartment map showing the various work areas.