Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest

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Brushing up on our skills

We had a work task organised for Sunday 21st January but with the Ellerburn trail still under snow and more forecast at Sunday lunchtime, the decision was taken to cancel the task. However we had in any case arranged the first of our Manual handling training courses and so 8 of us attended that in the morning instead, along with some members of Singletraction. We brushed up on the good lifting and carrying techniques we should all be employing given that we can’t totally avoid lifting or moving things (or wheel-barrowing, or shovelling, or pushing, or pulling, or bending and reaching) as a forest volunteer!

All FoDF active volunteers will have to do the course eventually so watch this space for further training days.


Lifting and shifting at the maze – but in warmer times!


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Frosty work task at Ellerburn

Thank you to everyone who came out this morning under an amazing blue sky but frosty underfoot for our worktask today.

We removed the tree tubes from the hedge saplings we planted a few years ago along the Ellerburn trail. We had a great turn out, one of the largest of the year and also welcomed new volunteer Janet.

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Thank you to FoDF Hillary and Peter

We are sad to be saying goodbye to Hillary and Peter Turton who have recently stepped down from their FoDF volunteer director roles in September 2017 as they are moving away from the area to be closer to family.

It has meant some reorganisation of administrative responsibilities for the Friends as Peter was chair and Hillary was both treasurer and worktask organiser!

Julie Dadswell has taken over as treasurer and Judith Winters (already a director handling the website, Twitter and Facebook accounts) has taken on the worktasks and events role and will liaise with the Forest Rangers.

We are very grateful to Peter and Hillary for all the time they’ve spent on keeping the Friends going as they stepped in at a time when it is fair to say we really needed some momentum, energy and spark to keep going. They have become great friends to many of us and will very much be missed!

They may be around for another work task as the house move goes through but we hope that won’t be the last we hear of them!


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September worktask at the maze

Carved stones and carving workshops for the maze are becoming increasingly popular but we’re not running out of walls to build them into quite yet!

Our most recent worktask saw the clearing of the area that will  become the third circle – my, we shifted a lot of stone in one sunny September morning!

It was lovely to discover a small ‘votive’ offering too – thanks to an anonymous visitor!


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Fear in the Forest

Get those fiendishly fearsome costumes at the ready! The Friends will be there with some spooky crafts for the younger ones.

All walks are ticketed and must be booked in advance.