Sculthorpe nature reserve sets up Help For Heroes partnership
Staff at a popular nature reserve have launched a new partnership with a prominent military charity.
The Hawk and Owl Trust, which manages the Sculthorpe Moor reserve, near Fakenham, has teamed up with Help for Heroes in an initiative which aims to provide volunteering opportunities for former service personnel.
And a group of 25 former servicemen and their loved ones visited the site on Monday to meet current volunteers and learn more about what they could do there.
The trust is currently running a campaign to raise £1.7 million to purchase neighbouring areas of land, which would enable it to expand the reserve and secure its long-term future.
If the campaign succeeds, many more volunteers will be needed to build new infrastructure, manage the land and welcome visitors.
And officials believe the partnership will benefit the trust and the charity alike.
Nick Chadwick, the reserve’s volunteer co-ordinator, said: “Having a group of local volunteers from Help for Heroes will be amazing for the reserve, and the timing couldn’t be better as we prepare for all the additional work that will be needed following a successful appeal.
“I think the reserve will work its magic on the volunteers as well, and they will benefit hugely, not just from the ‘work’ but also from the friendships and a sense of a job well done that volunteering here guarantees.”
One Help for Heroes member said: “This [Sculthorpe Moor] is a fantastic place, although I didn’t previously know it was here.
“I will definitely be returning, and I have taken the volunteering information away with me. Getting involved with volunteering here is something I am seriously considering.”