Woodmeadow Trust volunteers and staff will walk 203 miles around Three Hagges Woodmeadow in Escrick to raise money for an electric buggy to help visitors with limited mobility.
Dan Carne, the trust’s woodmeadow adviser, has been working closely with 30 sites around the country, who are planning their own woodmeadows to improve biodiversity for their communities to enjoy. One of those projects is at Pinner Recreation Ground in Harrow, London, 203 miles away. By walking the equivalent distance, staff and volunteers hope to raise enough money for an electric buggy, which will be used at Three Hagges by visitors and volunteers, and for events and transporting equipment. The walk will take place on 9 and 10 April.
Rosalind Forbes Adam, founder of the trust said: “We are very proud to have such a dedicated, hard-working team of staff and volunteers and we hope you’ll take this opportunity to sponsor them for this invigorating challenge they've set themselves. An electric buggy would be extremely valuable to us in all kinds of ways, from helping visitors with limited mobility to get round the woodmeadow to making it quicker and easier for us to carry out work to improve the habitat for wildlife. We really appreciate any contributions.” Three Hagges Woodmeadow is the Woodmeadow Trust’s flagship site after being transformed from arable land in 2012. One lap of the woodmeadow is one mile, so volunteers have to walk a total of 203 laps of the woodmeadow. The number of miles each volunteer/staff member can walk will depend on how fit they are. Emma Daniels, is the trust’s administration and marketing manager and will be walking herself. She said: “I would imagine some of us could do 25 laps in a weekend and others 10. It’s going to be a real challenge and I’m getting a bit nervous now. But it’s for an excellent cause.”
If you would like to put a spring in the walkers’ steps by sponsoring them, please visit https://www.justgiving.com /campaign/woodmeadow203milewalk