Learning Through Conservation
Eight young people spent a day at the Deadwater Valley Nature Reserve in Bordon, Hampshire, to help conserve the delicate heath-land that grows there. The aim of the day was to introduce the concept of volunteering through conservation and to practice teamwork to accomplish the tasks.
The day started off very wet and miserable but the group got stuck into their tasks learning about which trees were to be felled, why and how they needed to be cut down and how to identify them in order to protect the heath-land.
They worked in teams to identify the trees, work out the best tools for the job and safely carry out the task. A Step by Step member of staff accompanying the group described it as 'controlled devastation'. The young people were able to vent their emotions on the strenuous physical activity and work together to achieve their end goal.
Their team working skills were tested in a real life situation when the Rangers truck got stuck in the mud and the group needed to work together to get everyone out of the truck and across the mud to safety!
The group is hoping to return to the nature reserve to volunteer again to practice the skills they have learned and hopefully see the results of their efforts.