Sconce and Devon Park volunteers, Conservation Volunteer Group Winners
The Friday volunteer group at Sconce & Devon Park consists of five volunteers of various ages, abilities and time served. They are Luke Radforth, Robin Spencer, Will Rayworth Josh Barnsdale and Gareth Bagguley. Between them, they carry out various conservation and horticultural projects under the guidance of ranger George Hemstock, within Sconce and Devon Park, Newark on Trent’s largest open green-space.
Two projects the volunteers are particularly proud of was the creation of a new seating area in the wood and restoring an old well. The new seating area was designed by Josh and Will and together with the rest of the group completed the installation. The seating is now a favourite spot for locals to sit and relax by the River Devon and catch a glimpse of the Kingfisher.
In the Hawton Holt Conservation area of the park, the group discovered an old bricked well under a concrete slab. They decided that it would be a great idea if they could turn this into a feature like an old wishing well. Working with George they drew up plans for how they could make it happen. Bricks and timber were sourced from local skips and through donations.
In no time they had acquired sufficient materials, and with some expert guidance learned to become ‘brickies’ almost overnight. The well is now the stand out feature in the conservation area and as well as looking good it is used as a source of water for plants and trees and as an educational resource.
This project is typical of the way the volunteers always give one hundred percent and take real pride in what they do. The camaraderie is good to see, with much harmless banter and the willingness to help each other. Come rain or shine the volunteers turn up ready to work and are happy to stay until a job is completed to a high standard.
George nominated the group and tells us his job wouldn’t be half as enjoyable and manageable if these guys didn’t spend so much time and hard work at the park. He says he thinks they all deserve special praise for their efforts.