The Lincoln Conservation Group
The Lincoln Conservation Group is entirely run by volunteers who dedicate their time to carrying out practical conservation work in and around Lincoln.
Rather than support one specific project, the group provides volunteers at a range of reserves and green spaces in Lincolnshire, with a focus on the Lincoln and the surrounding area.
The group have been supported by our Community Champions scheme and the £2,927 raised by our members and colleagues has helped in lots of ways, including buying tools, gloves, litter picking equipment, first aid items, including additional Covid related PPE, as well as first aid training for leaders.
Workdays take place twice a month on Sundays, where volunteers spend the day doing tasks from tree planting and grassland management, to dry stone walling and pond restoration.
The group also works with organisations such as Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Natural England and The Forestry Commission.
Members enjoy helping to conserve the county’s natural history, keeping fit and learning new skills. Some have a professional interest in ecology whereas others appreciate the physical activity after a week at an office desk, being outdoors and doing something worthwhile.
They also see it as an opportunity to make new friends, have a bit of fun - and grab themselves some refreshments and biscuits!
All members of the community aged 16 or over are welcome to participate and it is very much a mixed age-range group. They provide all tools, training and safety equipment.
Nicola Farr, a Committee Member says: "Over the last two years, coming out with the group has been a particular life-saver for many of our volunteers.
"The group ceased activities during the two strict lockdowns but otherwise were able to continue with our work in the fresh air, with Covid secure procedures in place. We’re particularly pleased that two of our new members who joined in 2020 have progressed to becoming leaders, running some of our tasks."
Volunteer Lorna Allen, a University of Lincoln student, says being part of the group benefit her in many ways.
"It has allowed me not only to meet new people I wouldn’t otherwise have met but to continue to push myself out of my comfort zone, learning new things and increasing my confidence by helping with and organising tasks – whilst also helping the local community.
"I’m looking forward to what the group will do in the future and so thankful to everyone involved and the funders that allow it to happen!"
And here's just some comments about the group's work:
Emily Summerlin - Whisby Nature Park, Thorpe on the Hill
"There are only two of us based at Whisby, and we have seven sites to look after. That’s why groups like yours are so important. I can’t believe how much you’ve done today!"
Alison Griffiths - The Dawber Garden, Lincoln
"A big thank you to all your hardworking team for the wonderful work done yesterday. I know the local community will be very appreciative."
Find out more about our Community Champions scheme here, and how you can get involved!