Hello! My name is David Fleming, I am the Natural Networks Trainee based in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and this is the 1st blog I have ever written in my life, never mind just for TCV! So hopefully it won’ be too dull to read!
My position in the Coleraine office and the North East Area is a Trainee Community/Wildlife Officer and as my job title may suggest I work alongside a lot of the local communities, getting them more involved in nature and creating more green spaces in the likes of Nursery and Primary Schools, community centres, hospitals and housing estates. Speaking of which, we have recently acquired quite a large contract for the Cornfield Wood Project in Ballysally, Coleraine! (maybe you have heard of it?)
There have been a lot of new 1st’s for me since starting this traineeship, including, leading workshops in the psychiatric unit at the local hospital for our Green Gym programme, providing consultation service for primary schools on what flowers can be planted, working out cost estimates to acquire new contracts and organising a stall at other organisation events!
These past 3 months have completely flown by and it will seem like no time at all when the traineeship has passed.