Ollerton and District Economic Forum
Tel: 01623 862410


How long is the programme for?
As a volunteer you will attend the programme for 4 weeks. (Mon – Wed weeks 1 and 2, Mon – Thur weeks 3 and 4). After you have completed the initial 4 weeks you will have the opportunity to return and complete the Wild Sherwood Level 2 programme if you wish. There are, however, only 3 spaces available for this so there may be a waiting list.

What kind of work will I be carrying out on Wild Sherwood?
Examples of the type of work you could be involved in include: habitat creation, footpath maintenance, coppicing, outdoor furniture construction and a whole lot more. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about countryside management and about the plants, trees, insects, birds and animals that form part of this special area.

What will I gain from the project?
All volunteers will learn a variety of environmental skills in an informal outdoor environment, and on completion of the course will be given a portfolio documenting their achievements, which can be shown to a future employer. In addition to environmental work, volunteers will also gain transferrable skills and receive a reference from Project Staff. All individuals will have the opportunity to receive accredited first aid training, help with their CV and will be invited to take part in an exciting bushcraft course with the Forestry Commission.

Who is eligible to enrol on the programme?
Anyone who is unemployed and from one of the following communities (or the areas in between them) can apply to join the programme. The communities are those who are served by one of the four following Jobcentres: Newark, Mansfield, Retford and Worksop.

Which sites in Sherwood Forest will volunteers be working on?
The main sites include those owned by the Forestry Commission, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and Rufford Abbey Country Park.

What kind of work is involved in the programme?
Examples include habitat creation, footpath maintenance, coppicing, boundary construction and a whole lot more.

How will the volunteers get to the sites?
Volunteers will be picked up from designated pick-up points by our Wild Sherwood vehicles. If you need to catch a bus to the pick-up point you will need to speak to your JCP Advisor to see if they will refund this.

What tools will be used?
All the tools used by volunteers will be hand tools, such as loppers, pruning saws, shovels and bow saws. Tools talks will be given before any work commences to ensure the safe use of the equipment and volunteers will be monitored at all times.

How do I enrol on the next Wild Sherwood course?
To find out more information or to enrol onto our next course, please call Jade or Carol on 01623 862410 or email jade@odef.org.uk