THE Lynchmere Society is sending its volunteers on an intensive course so they may better preserve the area.
The society will be training five volunteers in the use of chainsaws for forestry purposes.
This will enable the thinning and felling of trees on the commons to be done in-house rather than by expensive contractors.
The society owns some 300 acres of common in Lynchmere, Stanley and Marley, which are now being restored to lowland heath.
Thirteen years ago, three volunteers, Mark Allery, Chris Kilbracken and John Smith, were trained, and now Mark is taking on the task of training the latest candidates.
Retirees Richard Appleby and Richard Naylor are delighted to be able to help the society, having been volunteers for some time.
Lowell Wolfe and Edwin Brooks are also taking part.
Lowell runs a gardening company while former teacher Edwin runs a chemical-free salad enterprise in the summer.
Gary Venny is the fifth pupil taking on the five-day course which includes felling, thinning, brashing, logging and chainsaw use and maintenance, as well as covering the relevant laws.
During the course they will work on a four-acre site on Lynchmere Common in all weather.