More Trees BANES has been planting trees since 2008, and in 2022 took the bold step to become a registered charity (CIO). We're at an exciting stage of our journey, as we accept larger funding and take on our first paid employees.
Responding to the emerging concerns over tree supplies, we're setting up a network of community tree nurseries, where we grow saplings from seed mainly collected in local ancient and semi-natural woodlands. This helps to reduce the region's reliance on imported trees, which have biosecurity risks and a bigger carbon footprint.
We have a growing army of volunteers, one paid member of staff so far and a board of Trustees. We are well known in the local area, and have built a solid reputation for the quality of our work, and ability to mobilise the community, and inspire community leaders.
We've been successful in securing funding from Forestry Commission, Tree Council and other grant-making organisations, and are soon to launch a crowd-funder. Our finances are becoming more complicated, and although we're well supported by an accountancy firm, we also require a Treasurer. You will have an opportunity to help us increase our impact as well as provide financial stability.
You will become one of the (unpaid) Trustees and through working closely with the Management Committee, you will strengthen our governance by ensuring proper financial policies and procedures are in place.
You will also have the opportunity to help us drive the project forward and contribute to building our revenue and funding opportunities.
You will have a strong understanding of finance and accounting principles, particularly in the context of a small charity. You may hold accountancy qualifications and/or have experience of running your own business.
You will have good strategic planning and organisational skills, be friendly, flexible and a team-player. We are looking for a confident and dynamic individual who is not afraid of a challenge. A knowledge of trees is not required, but a passion for nature and the environment will help.
The board of Trustees meet every few weeks, and we arrange occasional 'away sessions' to focus on particular topics and team-working. There are always plenty of general volunteering tasks for those who want to get their hands dirty - these include seed gathering in local woodland, processing seeds at our central hub, weeding and watering in our nurseries.
This is an unpaid voluntary position.
To find out more or to have an informal chat about the role, get in touch via www.moretrees.earth.
To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter by 19th October 2022.