Countryside - volunteers
We work with a team of more than 170 volunteers, who help look after the countryside in a variety of ways.
Activities vary at different times of the year and may include the following:
- Walking footpaths or riding bridleways to report on condition and obstructions;
- Checking promoted walks;
- Helping to repair gates and stiles;
- Clearing invasive non-native species, such as rhododendron and himalayan balsam to protect native plants and flowers;
- Scrub clearance on limestone grassland to protect rare plants, such as orchids;
- Grass cutting on meadows to help wildflowers grow;
- Scrub clearance on archaeological sites such as tumuli (ancient burial mounds) to stop them becoming overgrown;
- Helping the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty project in its work with schools and community groups; and
- Inputting computer data.
No experience or qualifications are necessary, as training is provided. For some tasks, a reasonable level of fitness would help. Many activities are carried out by volunteers supported by our staff. However, some tasks are carried out by volunteers on their own.
To find out more about joining the countryside volunteers, contact the volunteer coordinator on 01609 532435 or email email@example.com.