For our first ‘Focus On…’ blog we thought we’d give you a double helping! Volunteers Gill and Tomas Dickson have been volunteering for LRT since March 2019.
They regularly join our Work Party Wednesdays, helping us to carry out practical conservation tasks such as Balsam Bashing and tree planting as well as creating berms to enhance and restore river habitat.
They are both active members of our Water Quality Monitoring team carrying out FreshWaterWatch water testing at 4 different sites in and around Lincoln. Not only that, but this busy pair also find time to volunteer for Witham Rivercare (litter picking), Slea Navigation Trust (conservation tasks), Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (magazine delivery) and the Hen Welfare Trust (teaching about hen welfare to school children).
At 13 years old, Tomas is home-schooled allowing him to join us during the week as part of his environmental education. We wanted to get to know Gill and Tomas a little better and they were happy to share their volunteering experiences with us.
What made you choose LRT? Tomas was working towards the John Muir environmental award studying the River Witham and needed to join in with local conservation tasks.
What do you like best about volunteering? Doing something together which we both enjoy, feeling like we are making a real difference to our environment.
Any other hobbies/interests Gill: knitting, spinning wool, pole dancing! Tomas: computer games, Aikido, his pet chickens.
What’s your favourite river animal/plant? Gill: water vole, Tomas: heron
Your favourite volunteering experience/story Tomas really enjoyed the day at Riseholme pulling up the Himalayan Balsam and exploring the flood-plain area.
Your funniest volunteering experience/story Tomas’s amazing hearing, when he is nowhere to be seen until someone shouts “cake” and he miraculously appears!
We have loved the wide range of activities we have been able to join in with, and really appreciated that Tomas, although still young, has been able to take part in all the activities.
I’m pleased to say that we have loved having Gill and Tom on the Volunteer Team and look forward to working with them both on some new and exciting projects in the New Year.
If you want more information about volunteering opportunities with Lincolnshire Rivers Trust or the FREE education sessions we provide for local schools, please contact our project officer Gail Talton firstname.lastname@example.org