Members of our sister organisation, the Two Trees Conservation Team (TTCT) work closely with Volunteer Rangers on a full programme of conservation work in the New Forest, aimed at improving wildlife habitats. This team was set up by the Forestry Commission in 2002 in response to the high volume of enquiries from members of the public wanting to get involved in conservation of this truly unique area.
Our main programme of events takes place from October until mid March, although some events are held during the summer which concentrate on the removal of invasive non-native plant species. Tasks occur on both weekdays and weekends starting at 10am and generally finishing around 3pm, depending on weather. TTCT volunteers attend as many or as few of these events as they wish.
Events are led by experienced Volunteer Rangers who work closely with the New Forest Keepers. Typically our work involves cleaning trees and scrub from the edge of forest tracks to create habitat for butterflies and insects and the removal of seedling pine from heathland to ensure the survival of heathland species such as Dartford warbler and silver studded blue butterflies. This work also prevents areas converting to coniferous woodland.
Further details on volunteering with the Two Tress Conservation Team may be obtained by visiting www.newforest2trees.org.uk. where you can also sign up online – it’s easy and simple.