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Waverley Countryside Volunteers

Volunteering with us

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 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
  • improving paths
  • creating steps
  • installing seats for visitors
  • litter-picking
  • hay-making.  

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 sapling
  • removing gorse and birch on heathland
  • planting trees
  • clearing ponds of excess vegetation.

Tools and equipment provided  

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).

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

Get involved

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

Register as a volunteer

Contact

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

Page owner: Faye Pringle. Last updated: 24/09/2020 11:52

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