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
removing invasive plants by hand such as ragwort, himalayan balsam and bracken
installing seats for visitors
Autumn and winter
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
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 (but bring your own lunch).