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My name is Paul Thompson and I work for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. 

 I am beginning to recruit for next year’s cohort of my project, ‘Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders’.  We really struggled to recruit last year in Ryedale (where there are 6 vacancies) so I wondered if you could please pass this opportunity on to any conservation volunteers, friends or relatives to help raise awareness of this amazing opportunity for young people (age 16 – 24) looking to start a career in the conservation / countryside management sector.


Placements will run from September 2017 – August 2018 and the deadline for applications is 30th June.  Detailed information about the vocational placements including how to apply can be found on our website here:




Participants receive a bursary of £250 per month, a training budget of £470 and a placement completion bonus of £500 cash.


I have attached a flyer for use in newsletters or social media, plus an article featuring interviews with some of this year’s participants.


We will be hosting two practical “taster sessions” in June for anyone who would like to find out more and have a chance to ask myself and the current trainees any questions on the following dates:


·         Saturday 17th June

·         Wednesday 21st June


These will be held at one of our local nature reserves or farms and further detailed information will be sent through later this month.


Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to forward this email and my contact details on.


Kind regards,



Paul Thompson
Environmental Youth Project Leader

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Tel: 01751 417503

Website: http://www.ywt.org.uk



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Hello good woodland people just a note about this Wednesday 30th As we are in such a public spot we need to be on the Ball with our H&S cos we dont want angry letters .

I want to thank ENGLISH HERITAGE for inviting Scarborough ConVols to help with this important and prestigious task and we look forward to its completion with out serious incident

We will be working on the south side of the castle, thinning the trees back and cutting back the Black thorn . For ease I am going to use bullet points.



  1. NO Starting before we are all aware of what other members are doing and have had H&S briefing
  2. HIGH VIZ to be worn at all time while working
  3. EVERYONE must have appropriate safety clothing.
  4. Those that are using chainsaws MUST have FULL PPE other wise you will be asked not to use the saws
  5. All tools to be ready for use ,checked for faults,damage and fuelled.
  6. All chainsaw operators to work at SAFE intervals.
  7. One qualified chainsaw operator will at all times be responsible for safety and control All activitys ( this task will be rotated each hour ) . The Volunteers MUST accept H&S instructions from the lead operator at ALL times.
  8. The lead operator is in charge and that person has the right and responsibility to halt working until such times it is safe.
  9. NO ONE is to approach a chainsaw operator unless its from the front or while the saw is in operation
  10. Those not cutting have equal responsibility for safety and must stay alert for Danger.
  11. EVER ONE will keep a safe working distance from those felling at least TWO tree lengths.
  12. We will challenge( appropriately ) Volunteers and members of the public if H&S rules are been breached or are about to be.

We will be working over the full length of the south wall moving from the path up the slope cutting back the undergrowth and trees from the bank. The Blackthorn will of cause come back in the spring and some of the felled trees will regrow,so fear not we are not taking away any homes for wild life.

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A spot of stone walling

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Here we are up at Osborn Lodge repairing a 300 year old wall. The main dificulty is trying to key in the new with the old but i think the ConVols have done ok . Next week we are back here again then out to Boggle Hole for some tree guard removal .THEN ITS TOP SECRET


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A task that is in two halves

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Hello good people of the Sun. Next week we are working on a strange and unusual task .CHIPPING COOL. .We are splitting the dy in two the first half will be in Millennium Wood then on to the Meadow for the afternoon. We are chipping already felled timber and using the chips to dry out the West gate in the Meadow. This is our busiest time of year and we need Volunteers out to help us ,so if you can come please come along WE NEED YOU

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International Womans Day #bagsofhelp

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The 8th of March International Womans Day

We celebrated this by holding a Chainsaw training event on the Meadow all week. Sammie and Marie were joined by Roger and Dave in bringing our skill level up to date. As you will perhaps know if your a member of a group people come and go, some members only come out in good weather others have favourite tasks and come out for them only, some thank goodness get work and move on. Its the latter this time for the ConVols, two of our membership took the training and later in the year managed to find work (fantastic) We are hoping to offer regular training in woodland/conservation skills over the coming months and years, coming next is dry stone walling in the spring. Please let me know baxterron56@hotmail.co.uk if you are wanting a place as numbers are limited.

Next week we will be in the Meadow thinning the Cheery plot, raking the brush up and preparing the path for chipping. We will use the brash in the cherry plot on the east gate and brash from the arboretum plot for the west. I will also be getting some new trees for small cherry plot. WE must not forget the hide in the next few days we will be planting around the hide with willow, hopefully this will make it a little less conspicuous. Then it will be time to plant out the few thousand wild flowers we have so look out for the coming announcements.

In the next few weeks we will also be creating a Wet flush with the help of a local farmer ( Pete Wilson ) but alas we need the rest of the Meadow to dry out so we can get the tractor up there. Keep an eye out for announcements as this will probably be a weekend task.

The volunteers are desperately looking for funding to buy a 4×4 the type we need is a good old fashioned work horse, the one that meets our need is not the cheapest of options but it is the most appropriate for our varied needs a Discovery commercial

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