Chance to see off those winter pounds

A programme of free get-fit activities has been unveiled for people who want to fight off the extra seasonal pounds or get into a fitness habit outsoors in north Norfolk.

A programme of free get-fit activities has been unveiled for people who want to fight off the extra seasonal pounds or get into a fitness habit outsoors in north Norfolk.

The Workout Project is designed to help people get active by volunteering for conservation work in some of the area's best-loved beauty spots.

Workout project officer Mark Webster said: 'This is exercise for people who hate the gym. You don't need any experience or knowledge, and there is definitely no lycra! There will be a mixture of practical work to improve green spaces with learning about the natural world and lots of fun.'

Anyone over 18 can volunteer for the activities, which aim to improve people's physical, social and mental health, as well as developing, sustaining and conserving the natural environment. The involvement of people with physical, sensory or learning difficulties, mental health or long-term medical conditions will be welcome.


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The tasks will concentrate on three main sites initially: Holt Country Park (on Monday afternoons) plus Sadler's Wood in North Walsham and Pigney's Wood near Knapton (both on Thursday afternoons) and sites all over north Norfolk on Friday afternoons. Free transport will be given to volunteers from a pick-up point in Cromer.

For more information about the project or becoming a volunteer click on www.btcv.org/norfolk or call 01263 516336.

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The November events are:

Thursday, 26th - Pigney's Wood, pollarding trees, meet Cromer train station 12.15pm, North Walsham train station 12.45pm, Pigney's Wood car park (Hall Lane) 1pm.

Friday, 27th - Briston Rowan Wood, fruit tree planting, meet Cromer train station 12.15pm, Holt Market Place War Memorial 12.45pm, on site (please contact 01263 516336 for details) 1pm.

Monday, November 30 - Holt Country Park, rhododendron control, meet Cromer Train Station 12.15pm, Holt Market Place War Memorial 12.45pm, Holt Country Park Visitor Centre (B1149) 1pm.

December events:

Thursday 3rd - Sadler's Wood, improving access, meet Cromer station 12.15pm, North Walsham Train Station 12.45pm, Nelson Road / Tenison Road junction 1pm.

Friday 4th - Blakeney Saltmarsh, bracing winter walk, meetCromer station 12.15pm, Sheringham Splash Leisure Centre (Weybourne Road) 12.45pm, Blakeney Village Hall (Langham Road) approximately 1pm.

Monday 7th - Holt Country Park, rhododendron control, meet Cromer Station 12.15pm, Holt Market Place War Memorial 12.45pm, Holt Country Park Visitor Centre (B1149) 1pm.

Thursday10th - Pigney's Wood, hedge planting, meet Cromer Station 12.15pm, North Walsham Station 12.45pm, Pigney's Wood car park (Hall Lane) 1pm.

Friday 11th - Gimingham Allotments, preparing for planting vegetables, meet Cromer Station 12.15pm, Gimingham Allotments (please contact us for details) 1pm.

Monday 14th - Holt Country Park, heathland management, meet Cromer Station 12.15pm, Holt Market Place War Memorial 12.45pm, Holt Country Park Visitor Centre (B1149) 1pm.

Thursday 17th - Pigney's Wood, taking shrub cuttings, meet Cromer Station 12.15pm, North Walsham Train Station 12.45pm, Pigney's Wood car park (Hall Lane) 1pm.

Friday 18th - Neatishead Barton Broad, winter shrub ID and boardwalk visit, meet Cromer Train Station 12.15pm, North Walsham Train Station 12.45pm, Broads Authority Gay's Staithe car park (Long Road) approximately 1pm.

Monday 21st - Holt Country Park, woodland ride management, meet Cromer Train Station 12.15pm, Holt Market Place War Memorial 12.45pm, Holt Country Park Visitor Centre (B1149) 1pm.

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