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Free The Trees Volunteers

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Whilst enjoying the countryside of Suffolk and North Essex you may have noticed trees bursting out of plastic tubes that once protected them as they grew.

We believe it is time that these unnecessary pieces of plastic were removed from our landscape, leaving it looking better and causing less harm to wildlife.

We are looking for volunteers to work in teams of two 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 buried in the ground, so a bit of digging may be required).

All locations will have been risk-assessed beforehand, the landowner/manager will know that you are coming, and you will receive advice/training in how to work safely.

Personal protective equipment can be provided if needed. Once removed, guards ideally need to be delivered to the Coast & Heaths office in Melton, 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 September due to the nesting season. Not all sites will be accessible by vehicle, so the ability to carry tree guards and equipment needed for these locations.

For more information on any of the volunteering opportunities and roles within the AONB, please contact Countryside Project Officers Neil Lister or Emma Black.

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