Volunteer Focus – Devon and Cornwall – Lucy

Lucy is based in Devon and has been a volunteer for Colour in the Margins since July 2018. She’s taken part in one or two surveys with Hannah, the Project Officer for Devon and Cornwall. This is her story…

Lucy decided to volunteer with Back from the Brink as she has a passion for arable weeds! She wanted to meet other people with the same passion and feels that taking part in this project has definitely meant she has been able to do both.
There was another reason why she wanted to help too - “Over my life time I have seen a drastic decline in arable weeds. I spend a lot of time walking around the area where there is a lot of arable ground and I have been increasingly distressed by cornfields that have absolutely no weeds growing in them, so I wanted to do something to help”.

One of the highlights of the project so far for Lucy has been the Millennium Seed Bank day where members of staff from Kew MSB came to talk to them about seeds, the seed bank and their collection of rare arable seeds to add to the inventory.

The arable habitat and species are important to Lucy as she “loves small weeds and plants. To see the decline over my lifetime is devastating. When I was a very small child I used to crawl through cornfields and I have memories of the colourful wildflowers that were there, which are not there today. I really see them as an important part of biodiversity”.

For Lucy, there have been other benefits from volunteering than she first thought – she now believes she has more legitimacy when she visits farms - she can now say she is involved in a project and feels it is a topic she is more able to talk about.

“Finding tiny cornfield flowers, like the field pansy” is one of her fondest arable memories.

If you want to volunteer for the Colour in the Margins project, then please email colourinthemargins@planlife.or.uk



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