Since being awarded funding from the Coastal Communities Fund in September 2018, the Jurassic Coast Volunteer Network has yielded a number of volunteering success stories. The programme aims to build skills and employability among people in Dorset and East Devon, and these case studies go some way towards demonstrating that.
In Summer 2019, Dorchester-based student Abbie Rule worked with the Dorset Countryside Rangers team on a huge variety of jobs.
Abbie explains: “This involved vegetation clearance using pieces of machinery including a flail and the repairing and replacement of boardwalks and bridge.
I also had the opportunity to take part in both a bird and butterfly survey. The few weeks that I was with the rangers was extremely informative and enjoyable.”
Roy became involved with the Jurassic Coast Trust after his passion for sea kayaking developed his love for the Jurassic Coast.
Roy’s love of the outdoors led him to contemplate a career change from mechanic to outdoors ranger. He joined the Jurassic Coast Volunteer Network and was placed with the Lulworth Rangers in 2019.
Alongside his Ranger volunteering, Roy has developed a network of beach cleaners and has a group called Clean Jurassic Coast.