I’ve recently been spending a bit more time than usual amidst various woodlands. They never used to be my favourite places to meander as I tend to prefer wide open vistas. This year, however, something has changed within, and being amongst trees has offered much comfort and solace.
To jolt me out of my comfort zone and to challenge myself a little, I recently decided to become a conservation volunteer at various local nature reserves. My first opportunity arose yesterday where tasks included: herding sheep (extremely enjoyable and satisfying); coppicing a hazel; making a barrier along a fence; and creating a woven circular barrier around the coppiced hazel. I felt a bit out of my depth with regard to skills with tools, and the steeply sloping site was quite a challenge to my fitness levels and poor co-ordination skills. Overall, however, it was an enjoyable day, and despite being a bit achey and bruised, I’m looking forward to the next session in a couple of weeks’ time.