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Bellamy celebrates 50 years of volunteering with BTCV

Third Sector Online, 18 February 2009

Bellamy: full of bounce about BTCV

Bellamy: full of bounce about BTCV

Environmentalist David Bellamy has returned to the site where he helped conservation charity BTCV undertake its first project 50 years ago to embark on another clean-up.

Bellamy joined volunteers to spruce up Box Hill, a popular beauty spot in Surrey. The gathering marked half a century of green volunteering by BTCV, which began life as the Conservation Corps in 1959 to carry out practical conservation work.

Its very first project saw 42 volunteers, including Bellamy, who is now a BTCV vice-president, clear dogwood to encourage the growth of juniper and distinctive chalkland wildflowers at Box Hill.

"In 50 years, many things have changed, but volunteering remains an inspiring way to make a difference to the environment and people's lives," said Bellamy.

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