Veterans Volunteer While Building Land Management Skills

Veterans in housing need and residents of the Alabaré Homes for Veterans house in Plymouth recently volunteered to help on the Mount Edgcumbe estate near Plymouth. They acquired on a part-time basis useful wildlife and land management skills, whilst simultaneously working on the Alabaré Community self-build in Honicknowle.

Mount Edgcumbe near Plymouth is an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by sea on three sides.  As a Grade 1 listed estate, it attracts tourists from all over the world eager to walk amongst the herds of deer that live in the ancient woodland overlooking Plymouth Sound. It is also home to Secure Forests, a charity working in the field of conservation.

This volunteering module is a precursor to a part-time qualification course sponsored by Secure Forests (CIC) and the Duchy of Cornwall College supporting veterans in the Plymouth and East Cornwall areas.

Veteran and survival expert Richard Pyshorn said, ‘we are delighted to welcome veterans from Devon and Cornwall to work with Secure Forests in gaining experience in Land Management and we hope we will attract some who want to take it forward as a formal qualification in September.

Ken Hames, COO of Alabaré Self Build for veterans said,

“This is a fantastic opportunity for veterans in Plymouth and will if they go for the formal course a qualification that can be used worldwide.  Conservation will continue to be a pressing mission for this force for good!’

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