GreenSpace helps develop and maintain the fantastic green spaces surrounding the university. The activities the volunteers can undertake include bark chipping paths, hay cutting, coppicing, wildlife surveys, checking and cleaning or maintaining bird and bat boxes. The project invites students into untouched pockets of greenery in Bristol, and invites them to maintain green spaces such as the diverse habitats and woodlands of local Sims Hill Community Woodland and Splatts Abbey Wood. Students bring and further develop a wide range of skills and conservation techniques, they develop an understanding of wildlife and ecological surveys, as well as preservation and management of public green spaces.
The project has only been running since 2014, but has really began to make a difference within the local community. Last winter for example, a group of 10 students undertook coppicing at Splatts Abbey Wood, supporting the existing conservation group to carry out essential work as part of their management plan. Coppicing is a process that allows more light to reach the woodland floor and encourage vegetation, as well as developing habitat around the coppice stools for insects and small mammals. During the winter months there are plenty of essential woodland management tasks, and the students worked closely with both conservation projects to plan volunteering days.
“The Splatts Abbey Wood Group is incredibly grateful to UWE Volunteering and the UWE Student volunteers for their help and support. The team has put a great deal of effort into this project and the students have been enthusiastic and hardworking, and are a credit to themselves and to the University. They are helping to get a lot of important work done. The Splatts group is also delighted to be able to offer Students the opportunity to volunteer and enhance their experience and skills.”
David Bell from Splatts Abbey Wood Conservation Group
If you are a local conservation group and are interested in getting involved, please us for more information on how to become a partner.