TWO keen walkers are the first to join, a new scheme set up to support the creation and development of The National Forest.
Dot Morson, of Overseal, and Lawrence Oates, founder of Burton Conservation Volunteers, are the first two to become Friends of The National Forest.
Mrs Morson said: “Having lived in the area for forty years I’ve witnessed many changes for the better. “The National Forest has really helped this happen, bringing social benefits, a healthier local economy and tourism.
“From where I live I can walk into new woodlands within five minutes – I particularly enjoy watching the birds and butterflies. The Forest is a great place to live.
“I’ve joined the scheme to support further developments that will benefit locals and visitors. I consider it good value for money.”
Nearly £7,000 has already been raised through the Friends scheme, and the funds will go towards improving access to the Forest, looking after the woodlands and environmental projects.
More information is available by visiting www.nationalforestcharitabletrust.co.uk/signup