Not sure whether to volunteer, here’s some advice from a current member of the team
Finding some spare time on my hands, I wanted to do something worthwhile, something exciting, something I had never done before. Having been an “office waller” all my working life, I decided the great outdoors was where I should go next. Just to see. I have always loved walking, and am passionate about living in Somerset, so the Mendip AONB seemed a good place to start.
My first foray into volunteering ended up being to help to build a dry stone wall on one of the reserves near Cheddar, the site of a Roman lead works. I prepared everything the day before, clothe, lunch, the all important flask of tea. I couldn’t believe my luck when the day dawned, the sun rising high in the sky, and absolute perfect summer day.
The group were really welcoming, and I learned a lot that day; about dry stone walling, Roman ruins, teamwork and quite a bit about myself too. My career had tied me to a laptop for hours a day; I found I absolutely loved doing practical things, being outdoors, learning new skills, and I was just about passable at it. The group leaders were very knowledgeable about the site, which I didn’t even know existed, despite living in Somerset most of my adult life.
So to anyone thinking about joining Mendip AONB as a volunteer, I would say take a leaf from the Nike book, just do it!
Fi, Mendip Hills Volunteer