On how to get involved

In the months since I was appointed I’ve been meeting the people and organisations who support or are connected to the work of the Trust at each of our sites. It’s clear that many local people treasure these places and would like the opportunity to become more involved in looking after them.
Over the coming months I will be developing a number of volunteering activities which will enable people to get more involved. Establishing a network of active volunteers at each site will encourage other visitors to be more careful about dropping litter or clearing up after their dog, and everyone will benefit. We appreciate greatly the work of existing wardens who already carry out regular checks, but it’s not really possible to have too many people watching over these sites!
Here are some of the ways you could help at the moment:
  • Wardening: you could keep an eye on a site during a regular walk and let me know if any issues arise such as broken fences, fly tipping, tree damage, broken signs.
  • Litter picking: equipment provided
  • Recording wildlife: let me know about wildlife sightings (flora and fauna)
  • Visitor surveying: the Trust has limited information about visitor numbers at our sites. During April - October it would be very useful to gather information on this. 
  • Practical conservation: At Burgh Castle in the spring we will be hand-pulling ragwort which is causing problems. It would be great if we could muster a team of people to help with this. Equipment and training will be provided. At Middleton Mount, also in the spring, we will be repairing the wooden steps with the assistance of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Again, it would be great to have some volunteer help with this, and training will be provided.
Contact me at carolinedavison@norfarchtrust.org.uk if you would like to get involved in any of these activities. Descriptions of volunteers roles can be found on the volunteering page of this website.

News in brief:

  • Some of you will have seen the article about the Trust in the EDP Weekend supplement this month – if not you can view it online: EDP weekend supplement Jan 24 2015 pages 6-7 (takes a few seconds to upload)
  • The Trust now has a twitter account: @NorfArchTrust. Please follow!
  • A number of contractors have been invited to tender for design and production of a new interpretation scheme at Caistor Roman Town. The contract will be assigned in March.
  • David Bescoby’s (UEA) geophysical survey of St Benet’s Abbey has revealed new evidence for an inner precinct wall, further buildings, and the possible site of a cemetery. His report on the survey will be covered in detail in the Trust’s Spring Newsletter.
  • NAHRG upcoming lecture: 30 Years After Barringer:Norfolk’s Pre-History Today and Tomorrow. Trevor Ashwin (World Tree Creative Partnership) at University of East Anglia (Room Arts 01.01) February 21st at 2.30 pm. More inf: NAHRGwebsite