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Countryside volunteering

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. 

Last year volunteers gave us an incredible 2738 days of their time - a remarkable achievement which is greatly appreciated by our staff and site users.

Volunteering tasks cancelled

All volunteering tasks are cancelled due to the national lockdown.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information on government website

Why volunteer?

  •     Help improve your local wildlife habitats and make a real difference to the animals and plants that live there.
  •     Meet new people interested in looking after the countryside.
  •     Conservation volunteering is a great way of keeping fit, getting fresh air and relieving stress.

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 (please bring your own lunch).

Who can become a volunteer?

if you're between 16 and 80 you can help with our conservation tasks.

No experience is needed, just plenty of enthusiasm and some elbow grease.

New volunteers are always welcome. 

What to expect

Spring and summer

Tasks include:

  •     removing invasive plants by hand such as ragwort, himalayan balsam and bracken
  •     improving paths
  •     creating steps
  •     installing seats for visitors
  •     litter-picking
  •     hay-making

Autumn and winter

Tasks include:

  •     hedge-laying 
  •     coppicing (cutting down poles of hazel and chestnut to regenerate woodland)
  •     pulling out stray Scots pine sapling
  •     removing gorse and birch on heathland
  •     planting trees
  •     clearing ponds of excess vegetation

Register as a volunteer

Before becoming an Waverley Countryside Volunteer, you will need to register as a volunteer

Register as a volunteer

More information

To find out more, please contact the Parks and Countryside team, email parks&countryside@waverley.gov.uk or call 01483 523394.

Check out the Waverley countryside locations for more information on our activities and when they take place.

Volunteering tasks cancelled

All volunteering tasks are cancelled due to the national lockdown.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information on government website

Volunteer sessions normally take place every Wednesday from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Meet at 9am at the locations below, parking can be found at the main car park on Folly Hill (GU9 0AU). Sessions led by Nick. Outdoor clothing, sturdy footwear.

Volunteering tasks cancelled

All volunteering tasks are cancelled due to the national lockdown.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information on government website

Volunteer sessions normally take place every Wednesday from 10am –  3pm. Meet at 10am at the Frensham Great Pond Car Park off Bacon Lane, GU10 2QB, unless otherwise specified in the listing. Sessions led by Darren.

Volunteering tasks cancelled

All volunteering tasks are cancelled due to the national lockdown.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information on government website

Volunteer sessions from 10am - 3pm usually take place on the second Wednesday of the month. Meet 10am at the small car park off Roke Lane, Witley, GU8 5NZ. Tools and work gloves are provided as well as tea and coffee. Sessions led by Vicky.

Volunteering tasks cancelled

All volunteering tasks are cancelled due to the national lockdown.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information on government website

Volunteer sessions take place on the second Wednesday of every month, from 10am –  3pm. Sessions led by Darren.

Volunteering tasks cancelled

All volunteering tasks are cancelled due to the national lockdown.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information on government website

These sessions are from 10am - 1pm. Meet 10:00 by the pond at Kiln Copse, Cranleigh, GU6 7BW. Sessions led by Vicky.

Volunteering tasks cancelled

All volunteering tasks are cancelled due to the national lockdown.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information on government website

Volunteering tasks cancelled

All volunteering tasks are cancelled due to the national lockdown.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information on government website

Volunteering tasks cancelled

All volunteering tasks are cancelled due to the national lockdown.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information on government website