If you are interested in volunteering then please get in touch.
Due to Covid 19, the Green Gym is only open to existing members. Existing members must contact Shona Scatchard prior to returning and read the H&S Leaflet and the Covid 19 Working Arrangement Document. Please also complete a new Volunteer Registration Form.
The Green Gym meets on a Thursday Morning and carry out a variety of tasks including thinning, pruning, grass cutting, weeding the nursery, planting and caring for saplings and bridge building and repair. Other jobs to be done include keeping the forest litter free and the cabin tidy, including taking some of the resident teddy bears home for washing and repair. Kindling has to be chopped and bags filled with split logs for the monthly log sales.
Santa and his helpers make their annual December visit to the log cabin, usually spread over three days. Several nursery schools have a day out to come and make their requests, while on Saturday and Sunday the public come from near and far to see Father Christmas. Mince pies, juice, hot chocolate, cakes and biscuits are donated by volunteers and offered to the visitors in exchange for donations. This all helps to raise funds for the ongoing work of the forest, as does the sale of Christmas trees, making December our best month for income.
The Dounreay apprentices make their annual visit to the forest each July when they spend a whole week working in the forest. Their help is invaluable and each visit improves the forest facilities in some way to benefit the community. In 2019, they produced several new benches whilst also improving disabled access to existing benches. In previous years they have undertaken such tasks as repairing paths that had developed deep potholes and mending and widening bridges and culverts.
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manages Dunnet Forest
your most northerly community woodland… ...and on the NC500