SHAREing our experience in volunteering

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Last week, volunteers from dartmoors Teign valley rangers and Castle Drogo gardeners took part in a volunteering exchange to Gelderland in Holland. This was undertaken as part of the Safeguarding Heritage and Rural Economies (SHARE) project which aims amongst other things to increase the use of and improve the management of volunteers to care for areas of  importance. The team enjoyed 3 days working at Huis Severnaer, a small estate being managed along strict sustainability and organic principles and Castle Middachten, a stunning private family home to rival any National Trust property and which is open to the public. The message was very much about the Trusts approach to volunteer work and the many levels and types of role which volunteers take on with us. In return we were very welled cared for and mixed with some fantastic volunteers from Holland, France and Myrthr Tydfil, learnt some new work techinques and saw how other countries do things. On Wednesday we attended a symposium at Klarenbeek about the SHARE project, which enabled our volunteers to talk to people at all levels throughout Dutch society and really drive home what volunteering for the National Trust is all about.

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