'Free the Trees'!


'Slacking' 'Free the Trees!' volunteer receives correctional treatment!


 You may have heard the 'buzz' recently about the blight of plastic pollution afflicting our environment. Much of this in the form of 'single use plastics', littered or improperly disposed of and sadly a lot of this is not recyclable. However, some of it is plastic that once served a purpose but which has now become useless. If you have ever strolled across Suffolk , you have probably seen young trees bursting out of plastic tubes that once protected them as they grew. Some of them may have even been put there by the Suffolk Coast & Heaths team! We believe it is time that these unecessary pieces of plastic were removed from our landscape, leaving it looking better and causing less harm to wildlife.

Who are we looking for? 

We are looking for volunteers to work in teams of 2 or more. Volunteers need to be willing and able to get to locations (some remote) in order to carefully remove plastic guards from trees and shrubs (some guards will be bried in the ground, so a bit of digging may be required) . All locations will have been 'risk assessed' beforehand, the land owner/manager will know that you are coming and you will recieve advice/training in how to work safely. Personal Protective Equipment/clothing can be provided if needed. Once removed, guards ideally need to be delivered by volunteers to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths office in Melton, nr Woodbridge, but can also be left on site for later collection. Volunteers need to be able to work outside in all weathers. We ask volunteers not to retrieve guards between 1 April and 30 Sept due to the nesting season.

Practical Considerations

Suitable for all age groups, but manual dexterity and a certain amount of agility required. Some sites will be remote, so ability to walk long distances required for these locations. Not all sites will be acessible by vehicle, so the ability to carry tree guards and equipment needed for these locations. We can pay volunteer expenses but only if fuel receipts are supplied 'up front' (claimable mileage limited to actual mileage incurred - up to 30 miles per day worked). 

Contact: Neil Lister, Countryside Projects Officer - Tel: 01394 445218  neil.lister@suffolk.gov.uk


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