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John Moore (61) - Retired after a career with Severn Trent

John Moore

Age: 61
Address: Whitwick
Occupation: Retired after a career with Severn Trent

"After years of working in offices it is a real treat to be outside in the fresh air. When I first retired a year ago I started to look for something to do - there's only so much time you can spend on an allotment.

I saw a piece about the BTCV group in a paper and thought that I'd give it a go. I'd never done conservation work before but it has become a real hobby for me.

Now I go every Tuesday and hate to miss one. There are a few retired men like myself who go as regulars and we get on well. There's a real feeling of camaraderie.

I have done all sorts since I joined up, including building a bridge, stone-walling and hedge laying.

For me, though, the best thing has been learning how to make stone walls. It has become my passion. In fact, I'm planning to take an exam soon to join the wallers' national association."

Every Tuesday the BTCV National Forest Volunteers venture out to various sites in and around the Forest to carry out conservation tasks on a range of rural and urban sites. There is a regular minibus from Swadlincote Ski Centre or Snibston Discovery Park at Coalville to pick up and return volunteers.