Last Saturday the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative said a huge thank you to some of the many fantastic volunteers who have helped to make IFLI's first year such a success. The event was held at Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, in Grangemouth, and was attended by local people from all round the Inner Forth area who have worked on IFLI activities as wide ranging as historical research, conservation work, photography, and landscape restoration.
The volunteers were entertained in a yurt, which was erected especially for the event, and enjoyed activities including pond dipping, tree watching and storytelling! A special IFLI birthday cake, bubbly (non-alcoholic!) and a barbeque lunch completed the celebrations of the amazing achievements that IFLI’s first year have brought, in many cases due to mainly to the hard work of the volunteers.
IFLI Communications Officer, Sue Walker, commented: ‘One of the reasons the IFLI partnership is so strong is that we have an incredible group of volunteers, both in community groups such as Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society, West Fife Woodlands, the Friends of Kinneil and many others, and individuals who are happy to give up their time to take stunning photographs, work as conservation volunteers on our wildlife sites, or research the area’s fascinating past. They have been instrumental in the achievements of our first year, and Saturday’s event was our way of saying thank you.
‘If you would like to get involved as a volunteer please check IFLI’s Volunteering page for information about volunteering opportunities with IFLI. A number of projects are also led by volunteer groups, such as Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society (Tale of Two Estates), West Fife Woodlands (Valleyfield Community Orchard), who are also always very happy to welcome new members.