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NEWS RELEASE No: 145468 APRIL 2011

Volunteering opportunities at Haldon Forest Park

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Ranger talking to a family of cyclists at Haldon Forest Park

Are you looking for a challenging yet enjoyable volunteering opportunity?  Do you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors and meeting new people?  If so, becoming a visitor services volunteer at the Forestry Commission’s Haldon Forest Park could be just what you are looking for.

It is very hard to describe what a typical day will be like as one of the great benefits of working there is that is there is no such thing as a typical day!

The main role for volunteers will be acting as a point of contact for visitors.  This will include ‘meeting and greeting’ the public, helping with their enquiries and generally ensuring that they enjoy their time at Haldon. 

In addition, volunteers will assist the rangers with other duties such as, managing the car park  selling Discovery Passes and checking trails. 

Volunteers will always work with a ranger who will offer help and support and in turn may call upon them to assist in all areas of their work.  

Louise Bell, Haldon Forest Park Manager says:

“Not only is 2011 is the International Year of Volunteering it is also the International Year of the Forest, so it really is the perfect time for anyone who has been thinking about volunteering it to give it a go.  Ideally we would like volunteers who could commit to around three days a month all year round initially, which would be predominately weekends.  This would allow them to get really involved in the running of the park and with the team and would help deliver great customer service to our visitors.  In return volunteers will gain valuable experience and training in a customer focused environment, be part of a great team and get to work in a beautiful setting. 

The role may suit someone who is retired, but who enjoys spending time in an ‘outdoor’ environment and meeting new people.”

People who are interested should contact Emily McCarthy at Exeter CVS on 01392 202055 or by email

Notes to Editors

  1. There is something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park.  It is 3.500 acres of woodland, owned by the Forestry Commission, just fifteen minutes from Exeter.  It is open every day and there are a range of walks and all ability trails, cycling trails as well as a wide range of events.  Rangers are on hand daily to give advice and ensure people get the most out of their visit.  In addition Forest Cycle Hire is based at Haldon, hiring out mountain bikes to visitors and facilitating groups of cyclists in the forest.  Haldon Forest Park also hosts Go Ape, an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides in the tree tops.  The Ridge Café is open at Haldon every day serving a range of delicious, locally sourced food and drink.  The site is also home to the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, an innovative organisation, which uses the arts to explore new understandings of our place within nature.  They hold regular exhibitions and run educational events.

  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found at

Media Enquiries: Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.