Use the tabs down the left hand side to find out how you can get involved in helping to conserve biodiversity, and in delivering the Biodiversity Action Plan in Wiltshire.
Wiltshire Traditional Orchards Project (WTOP) was set up in 2008 by a group of enthusiastic volunteers keen to help preserve the remaining traditional orchards in Wiltshire and raise awareness of the importance of orchards, both for people and for the wildlife they support. The stated aim of WTOP is 'to halt further loss of Wiltshire’s orchards and prevent additional neglect to this valuable habitat'. There is even a Wiltshire Traditional Orchards Habitat Action Plan, thanks almost entirely to the efforts of this group.
WTOP are currently trying to map all the orchards in Wiltshire and need the help of other volunteers in this massive task! You don't need to be an experienced surveyor, or commit lots of time in order to help, but if you enjoy spending time in the countryside, have a bit of spare time on your hands and would like to help Wiltshire's wildlife, WTOP would love to hear from you! They are also keen to hear from people who have an orchard in their garden or on their land, in order to find out more about the history of this important habitat and assist with any questions you might have about orchards.
If you would like to get involved in WTOP and help the group to survey orchards throughout the county, take a look at the WTOP website. This contains a wealth of information about orchards, including further details of how you can get involved!
The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Wiltshire County Council and the Tree Council have joined forces to promote and initiate a Tree Warden Scheme for Wiltshire.
The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative, founded by the Tree Council that enables people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing local trees and woods. Tree Wardens are volunteers who essentially become the eyes and ears of their neighbourhoods and the voices of their trees.
They gather information about trees, get involved in tree matters and encourage practical projects through local liaison and community involvement.
We are not looking for tree experts, just people who care for and are enthused by trees and who have a desire to promote and protect them. Our aim is to recruit a tree warden in every parish. Anyone who signs up to the scheme and becomes a Tree Warden, will be provided with training in relation to tree identification and other related topics.
If you would like to know more about becoming a Tree Warden in Wiltshire, please contact Vicky Roscoe at Vicky.Roscoe@wiltshire.gov.uk or on
The Conservation Team at Westdown Camp are always on the look out for new volunteer members of their three Salisbury Plain Training Area groups. These cover the Warminster Training Area, the Larkhill/Westdown Ranges, and the Bulford/Tidworth Training Areas. Contact us for more information using the email box below, or telephone Guy Hagg on 01980 674807.