Central Counties Region have been involved with countryside care since 1979, when they took up the challenge to put something back into the countryside we use for our pastime.
The prime mover in this challenge was the then Regional Chairman Mr John Lloyd who persuaded his friend and Regional colleague Mick Wicks to become the first Regional Countryside Care Officer.
Then as they say the rest is History, and what a great history the Region has at Rutland Water. The first project was held there in 1979 and work is still continued in 2018
Central Counties are among the leaders in Countryside care in the Club, with active groups in many DAs within the Region. The work is carried out at a number of locations, varying from Open Heathland to Forest Woodland and Waterside Meadows. Any member of the Camping and Caravanning Club can join any of the groups, camping is usually free but you are expected to do at least one days work with the group, The groups are usually lead by local Countryside Care Officers who will advise you on what needs to be done and on the safe use of tools and methods of working. This could be, Moving cut logs, Building Animal or Bug shelters, Coppicing, Tree Planting, Hedge Laying, Dry Stone Walling and other projects. For those taking part comes the satisfaction of a job well done and the knowledge that all their efforts aid the Flora and Fauna of the countryside
This Region is very proud and pleased that our Regional Councillor Norman Hemsley is the National Countryside Care Officer for the Camping and Caravanning Club. We know that the time and effort Norman puts into this appointment is making Countryside Care a great success.
If you would like to join one of the groups please contact the Countryside Care Officers or the Regional Countryside Care Officer, Harry Wilkinson on 07980653461
Dates for Countryside Care:
South Lincs Contact Darren Snaith 01522811517 or 07826719729
Woodall Spa 23rd-25th March 2018
Leicestershire DA Contact Alan Keen 07967979081
Rutland Water 24th & 25th February 2018 16th – 18th November 2018
Notts DA Contact Norman Hemsley 07860258218
Countryside Care have celebrated 25 years of working at Rutland Water