By Iain Millar
Gatwick Greenspace Partnership volunteer
Having enjoyed our wonderful parks and woodland for many years I came across many footpaths that were overgrown and boardwalks that needed repairing and thought that was something that I could do.
In Tilgate Park I saw a group of people cutting back and burning rhododendron which had taken over large areas of the park and thought – that looks like fun!
That was over 15 years ago and I was right. I joined the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership volunteers and learnt how to do coppicing, hedge laying, building boardwalks, bridges and fences, met like minded people and enjoyed fresh air and exercise.
I have many other commitments, but this is not a problem as with the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership you just turn up when you are free, so it is compatible with my other activities.
The programme is published twice a year and we work in many parks and woodlands in the Gatwick area that I did not know existed.
This is a great way to keep healthy, getting exercise and fresh air, but, to be really honest, I do it because I enjoy it.
Oh, and you get a free cup of coffee and a biscuit!