Dorset mid-week group

The EuCAN Dorset Mid-week Volunteers

In 2012, EuCAN CIC merged with the volunteer group formerly known as the BTCV Mid-week Volunteers in Dorset, as the BTCV (now renamed TCV) had chosen to wind up their group. This group is extremely well-respected in Dorset and regularly attracts over twenty people with a very wide range of ages, outlooks and interests. The group’s regular customers include Natural England, Butterfly Conservation, Wessex Water, the Forestry Commission and several individual farming estates including one which has entered into a five-year dry-stone walling contract with them.

The group bring with them a variety of practical skills including habitat management, hedge-laying, fencing, and dry-stone walling. The merger has increased EuCAN’s skills and knowledge base, and has provided all EuCAN volunteers with the opportunity to broaden their interests and experience.

Thanks to a generous grant from Natural England in 2013, EuCAN CIC took delivery of a 2007 Ford Transit minibus. Many of the participants in our volunteer workparties do not have their own transport and most of the sites we work on are inaccessible by train or bus, so this vehicle has become a fantastic asset to EuCAN, particularly to the Dorset Midweek Volunteers who will use it every Wednesday and any other days they work.

For a full up-to-date description of what the group does and the sites it visits, click here

The Dorset Midweek Volunteers – we are the proud owners of a new-to-us Transit minibus!

You can see the group at work in our Dorset mid-week group photoset on Flickr. Many of the recent tasks have invloved dry-stone waling, hedge-laying and scrub clearing for the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership – you can see photos of the work on this Flickr site:[email protected]/sets/72157682714337693

For further information about the programme of activities in the coming months and to take part, view the current activity programme.

The group spent a challenging day on the steep slopes of Osmington Hill just south of famous The White Horse. Will Parmiter took the photos which can be seen on the Flickr site here.