‘Be Revived’ at Brunel Manor, a Christian holiday and conference centre in Torquay, Devon, which focuses on providing a warm welcome and a place of rest to all its visitors. For those wanting to explore the outdoors, there are 9 acres of peaceful rounds including formal gardens, ponds and a woodland containing trees planted by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. They are located just off the Southwest Coast Path and within easy reach of beaches and the sea.
Brunel Manor is working to manage their land for the benefit of wildlife as well as providing an environmentally friendly guest experience. The peaceful, historic woodland is a haven for wildlife on the edge of a residential area. The recently constructed wildlife friendly pond will provide habitat for wetland species such as dragonflies, frogs, and toads to breed, while proximity to the formal garden will allow increased foraging opportunities for these species.
Brunel is working to conserve the Target Ten species of toads, dragonflies/damselflies, and honeybees. They are working on improving their pond habitat, as well as encouraging pollinators in the grounds, and maintaining thriving beehives.
To get involved at Brunel Manor, do contact them for information about volunteering with a working party on one of their conservation projects, or longer term as a gap year placement with their team of international volunteers.