Conningbrook Volunteer Day

On a cold, wet and very windy winter morning, ten individuals forwent their normal morning work routines and drove the distance – for some a lot further than others – to Conningbrook Lakes Country Park at Ashford in Kent, to help make a difference.


Formerly a Brett Aggregates quarry, the site has been restored to provide extensive leisure facilities, now run by Ashford Borough Council, and a nature reserve managed by Kent Wildlife Trust.

Arriving ready for action, we first had to walk a mile around one of the lakes, taking with us the equipment needed for the day.


Our band of heroes was divided into two small groups with one being set the task of clearing the coppice next to the lake, whilst the second group embarked on the job of planting saplings on the opposite river bank.


A tea break was warmly welcomed, as was the jacket potato lunch, after which the two groups swapped activities.

At the end of a wholesome team-building day, the Brett volunteers successfully planted all the saplings, ready for a new river bank environment created to encourage wildlife.


It was a pleasure to work with Kent Wildlife Trust and to be able to help them in their magnificent work, protecting our wildlife and environment.