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Pierrepont Farm conservation group
To volunteer, please contact the group’s leader, Brian Lavers, at or by telephone on 01276 471870.

The conservation group meets on alternate Saturdays throughout the year. The hours are from 0930 to 1500, with a break for coffee and another for lunch (bring your own). Wear old clothes, boots and workman’s gloves. If you have appropriate tools, so much the better but some will be available on the day. Because Pierrepont Farm is some distance from public transport, volunteers need to have their own transport (satnav users should enter the postcode GU10 3BP).

The work undertaken varies from clearing ragwort from a meadow to coppicing hazel and chestnut trees and building fences and gates. And anything in between.

We welcome volunteers from both sexes and the age range of our present group runs from early twenties to “won’t see 70 again”. (Because the group began with a membership composed entirely of bus-pass holders, it calls itself the “Pierrepont Wrinklies” — though this might have to change as we have since acquired younger members.) You do not need to be at the peak of physical fitness but, because the work takes place “off road”, you do need to be free from mobility problems.

Pierrepont Farm monitoring group
To volunteer, please contact the group’s leader, Bill Young, at or by telephone on 01243 811563.

The monitoring group meets on the third Saturday of each month (though it can be a moveable feast — best to check with Bill Young, as above) and some of its members are also in the conservation group. Most of the activity takes place outside and appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn. The conservation group comments about transport and lunch also apply.

The group monitors and records the type and richness of wildlife on the farm, e.g. butterfly numbers and instances of plants, birds and animals in the field margins and woods. Again, the work takes place off road and members must be able to move about easily.

Green Farm monitoring group
At the present time, Bill Young (details above) is also running this group.

In fact, the same group monitors both farms and in 2011 completed nearly a year of surveys at Green Farm, having concentrated its efforts more there than at Pierrepont in order to complete surveying.

To date the group has surveyed the heathland areas for heather density and age, Elizabeth’s Wood to determine if the bluebells are native or hybrid (they are a bit mixed), some wildflowers on the forest tracks, and fungi in Upper Forest and Elizabeth’s Wood. It has also carried out a brief butterfly survey along some of the tracks in the forest.

Countryside Restoration Trust volunteers take a break from hedge planting for coffee and cake at Pierrepont Farm.

Countryside Restoration Trust volunteers take a break from hedge planting for coffee and cake at Pierrepont Farm in March 2012.