Waverley Countryside Volunteers
Come and volunteer with us!
If you want to help your local wildlife, make new friends, learn a new skill or just get some green exercise - join Waverley Countryside Volunteers!
Who are Waverley Countryside Volunteers?
Waverley's Countryside Rangers lead practical conservation tasks across the Borough all year round with the help of the Waverley Countryside Volunteers. Together, they are involved in the management of many of Waverley's fantastic open spaces. No experience is needed, just plenty of enthusiasm and some elbow grease. New volunteers are always welcome!
(Conservation tasks are open to everyone from 16-80 years of age.)
Why join the Waverley Countryside Volunteers?
- Help improve your local wildlife habitats and make a real difference to the animals and plants that live there.
- Meet lots of new people interested in looking after the countryside.
- Conservation volunteering is a great way of keeping fit, getting fresh air and relieving stress.
What are practical conservation tasks?
Spring and summer tasks include removing invasive plants by hand, such as ragwort, Himalayan balsam and bracken. Other work includes improving paths, creating steps, installing seats for visitors, litter-picking and hay-making. Normally the summer task list is much leaner than the winter diary, so make sure you see our winter tasks for a complete picture of what we offer.
Autumn and winter tasks include hedge laying (a traditional method of stock-proofing hedges), coppicing (cutting down poles of hazel and chestnut to regenerate woodland), pulling out stray Scots pine saplings and removing gorse and birch on heathland, planting trees and clearing ponds of excess vegetation.
All tools, protective equipment and supervision are provided by the Countryside Rangers. They will also explain how to use hand tools safely and give the reasons for the work being carried out. Most importantly, they will provide tea and coffee (but bring your own lunch!).
Check out the latest Waverley Countryside Volunteers task list for more information on our activities, including our current Conservation Tasks Programme.
Before becoming an Waverley Countryside Volunteer, we ask you to complete our New Volunteer Registration Form and read the Volunteer Charter and Safety Information.
Contact: Any of the Rangers on site, or, alternatively, Nick Baxter
Tel: 01483 523392
Please note that phone calls may be recorded for training or monitoring purposes.
Page owner: Nick Baxter. Last updated: 28/01/2013 10:07
Further pages in Waverley Countryside Volunteers
- Come and volunteer with us!
- Countryside volunteering task list