A greener way to get fit for this new year

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THOSE wanting to lose weight or get fit as part of their New Year’s resolutions can help the environment at the same time.

January is a time of year when gym memberships soar, but for those looking for a less traditional way of fulfilling their resolutions, embracing the great outdoors is a viable alternative.

Green gyms are always looking for volunteers to help with tasks such as litter picking and chopping back vegetation or the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers runs regular projects.

The Bicester Green Gym has been running since May 2006 and is based at Bure Park, but holds activities across the town.

It is supported by BTCV and meets every Tuesday between 9.30am and 12.30pm, and once a month on Saturdays. A regular programme of events is organised by the Green Gym.

Full details of the group can be found at www.bicestergreengym.org or by telephoning Bea Foster on 01869 600952.

Members of the green gym will be attending a work party at Island Pond Wood, in Launton on January 15 and will be carrying out hazel coppicing in Bure Park at the end of the month.

The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust has opportunities to volunteer including practical work on its reserves and organising work parties, events and community meetings.

The trust also holds employee conservation challenge events which gives company employees the opportunity to build team skills and have an enjoyable and rewarding day working for wildlife on our reserves.

The trust can be contacted on 01865 775476 or by emailing volunteering@bbowt.org.uk.

To find your branch of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, visit www2.btcv.org.uk.