Gain useful transferable skills and experiences, increase your knowledge of wildlife and conservation, meet new friends, get good exercise in the open air and the satisfaction of looking after your local countryside. We have a range of sites that need your help! The links below provide details on how to get involved in your area.
The Woodland Workout programme combines gentle exercise with practical conservation and survery work... and regular teabreaks! In South Yorkshire, a physical exercise instructor works with ranger staff to provide twice weekly sessions.
The Shadow Rangers Project provides up to 12 month volunteer work placements for people seeking a career in countryside management. Successful applicants will be given training and development opportunities by work shadowing current countryside management staff. They will develop on the job skills and experience, including: practical site management (habitat creation and restoration); working with communities (capacity building, project development and implementation); planning and undertaking countryside events, guided walks, cycle rides; and environmental education. Participants may also have access to some formal training courses. This project is currently been run across North Norttinghamshire and South Yorkshire.
Guisborough Forest and Walkway
Join a project that is run with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. Regular conservation days are held on a Tuesday where you can learn some new skills, either working in the woodland or along the old Guisborough to Middlesborough railway line. Help with a variety of tasks such as tree planting, felling, scrub clearance, pond work and fencing.
Alternatively helping hands are always needed organising and running larger events such as the Guisborough Forest Festival in the autumn and the Halloween event.
The Friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway raises money for improvements to the site and are always on the look out for willing hands to help with a range of fundraising activities.
If you are aged between 11 and 16 years and are interested in conservation why not join the Young Rangers Group. It runs every other Sunday from 1 - 3.30pm and involves various practical tasks around the site, helping with events, wildlife surveying and trips away.
For more details call 01287 631132 or email the Recreation Ranger.
Friends of Hagg Wood
The Friends of Hagg Wood in Dunnington are an active group of volunteers, meeting regularly to undertake practical tasks in the wood. They organise many social events and guided walks and talks.
Friends of Dalby Forest
The Friends of Dalby Forest aim to increase knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Dalby and the surrounding forests, as well as encourage the involvement of the local community. The committee are there to represent Members and to provide the best facilities possible for all who use the Forest.
If you wish further information on volunteering opportunities, please contact: