What we're looking for
The Dove Stone Reserve has secured a bid from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund Realising Greater Manchester Environmental Ambition to restore nature using nature-based solutions while connecting people with nature. Our aim is to diversify our volunteer work parties so that it is more representative of the people that visit the reserve daily. Therefore, we are looking for applicants from all backgrounds to come along and work together with our team of nature loving enthusiasts carrying out vital restoration works. Like nature, our survival depends on diversity. Nature has no borders and neither do we. We believe that nature is everybody's right and being an equal, diverse organisation is the right thing to do to find solutions to our common challenges. We recognise the value of difference and want all volunteers to feel welcome, included, and able to be themselves. From August 2021, we will be running regular practical work days where anyone can join in on Wednesdays and Fridays to carry out practical work such as planting moss to help slow the flow of water, build willow dams in gullies to hold back water and create pools, and planting willow stakes along the edges of the upland to stop erosion. This work is vital to the health of the uplands which would not restore quick enough without the support of our volunteers. What does a normal day look like? We meet in the car park at either Dove Stone, Holme Moss, or Crowden at 10:30am and travel as a group on foot, often uphill, to the moorland which takes approximately 30/45 minutes. We then spend around 4 hours carrying out the work before returning to the car park and toilet facilities. We have a 30-minute break for lunch, and we advise that you bring your own food and plenty to drink.