Meet our new Volunteer Coordinator
Julia Green is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Surrey Campaign to Protect Rural England. This is a new post within the charity, with responsibility for recruiting, nurturing and working with local CPRE volunteers – the backbone of our organisation. It is a role which benefits enormously from Julia’s infectious enthusiasm for nature and the countryside.
A lifelong Surrey resident, Julia lives in Godalming with her husband and 4-year old daughter. She grew up on the outskirts of Guildford, between Newlands Corner and Pewley Downs. “I had a wonderful childhood,” Julia explains, “exploring the local countryside. My favourite haunt was the hay bale barn at the local farm where I used to spend hours playing hide and seek with my friend!” It was this passion for rural Surrey which led Julia, eventually, to discover CPRE and to offer her services to the charity.
Describing herself as a “nature addict”, Julia says she loves the countryside so much because “it lifts my spirits. It gives me a sense of freedom. I have all my best ideas when I’m exploring the countryside. Being in the great outdoors is very grounding; there are no distractions from TV or the phone, being outdoors enables me to see things more clearly and the vast expanse of the sky is an analogy for creating space in my mind.”
Julia tries to spend as much time as she can outdoors, whether in the garden or in local parks and the countryside. “I don’t want my daughter to grow up as part of the ‘indoor generation’,” she explains. “I want to be a good role model for her and to teach her the value of our local environment – how it supports our lifestyles from ensuring we have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, fertile soil in which to grow our food, and an amazing natural playground!”
CPRE’s campaigning role, defending our precious green spaces, is extremely important to Julia. “We are all responsible for looking after the areas in which we live and enjoy,” she believes. “I used to think that it was all down to local government – we pay our taxes and I had a kind of ‘well, it’s their job’ mentality. Over the years, I’ve come to realise that, yes, local councils have a role to play but they cannot do it all. If I see a bit of litter, these days I pick it up and tuck it into an old carrier bag. Why walk past when you can pick it up yourself?