Volunteering Day – Heidi on the Norfolk Broads

Here at TPS, each of our team can claim one day per year to undertake some volunteering. It is down to each member of the team to decide what they spend their time doing.

Yesterday, our Marketing and Communications Manager, Heidi spent her day volunteering alongside the Broads Authority in Norfolk. Heidi is based in the East of England and wanted to take the opportunity to help out locally.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park. It’s also home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the UK. The Broads Authority was set up in 1989, with responsibility for conservation, planning, recreation and waterways. There are many volunteering opportunities available throughout the year including the Volunteer Action Days which Heidi joined.

The day was spent in a place known as Decoy Carr close to Acle and involved some practical conservation by managing the vegetation on the special fen and woodland site. By undertaking the conservation work, the area will become a better habitat for wildlife such as the rare insects and birds found locally. Sometimes, horses are located onsite to help out managing the vegetation too!

Sadly, the day was cut a little short due to the great British weather! Thankfully, Heidi was prepared with full waterproofs as throughout the day the ground was getting significantly wetter and muddier! Despite the weather, it was a brilliant opportunity to help out and protect some of the outstanding wildlife found in the area.