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Nature Conservation for Volunteers

Our nature reserve is used for educational purposes for a wide variety of people and communities including school children, home educated children, college students, adult learners. We also support people with learning difficulties and mental health issue with the aim of restoring their confidence, health and wellbeing.

We very much welcome and appreciate volunteers that can help us manage the nature reserve to further our aims and objectives.

Currently our volunteers day is Wednesday 10am - 3pm (5 hrs)

Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30 - 4.30 then 3 pm when clocks change. (3 hrs - 6 hrs)

This is a hands on programme. Participants will learn a range of conservation skills while looking after a small nature reserve. Activities will include, hay making, coppicing, horticulture, fence building, habitat creation  DIY in fact anything required to keep the reserve in good working order. We also welcome qualified people: teachers and outdoor instructors, retail assistants to help run activities. You will need sturdy shoes.


To take part either speak to your support worker or arrange to visit us on a Wednesday. The contact person at the reserve is Angela Hewitt. Tel: 01983 296110 or email:



We are largely run by volunteers who are an important and valuable part of Naturezones.

They help with conservation work, open days and training days.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome (under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, over 114's must be accompanied by a carer)

We also provide training for volunteers

Volunteers aged between 14yrs and 25yrs can participate in our Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme

 in the "volunteers" and "skills" section.

and our new Young Directors Scheme

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Naturezones  please print off the form below and send to our head office address

 on the contact page

 volunteer contract.pdf


Full Name: First name:                                            Surname  


Tel no:

Mobile No:

Date of Birth:
1) If you have conservation experience please specify (not essential as training will be given)


2) What other experience/qualifications do you have that may benefit Naturezones

i.e photography, IT


3) Are you able to volunteer weekends/ weekdays/school holidays  
4) Do you have any medical conditions (it is important we know this for health and safety reasons)

Please give details


5) What do you hope to gain from being a volunteer


6) Your support organisation and contact if applicable


7) This project works with young and vulnerable people. In accordance with our child protection policy all volunteers working on a regular basis (i.e instructors, work shop leaders, directors etc) with young and vulnerable people are required to be CRB checked. Please sign this form here to confirm that you accept this procedure.





The projectís land is controlled by the benefactor and as a nature reserve it has restrictions on accessibility. It will be open to the public on specified days only. On all other days it is closed to the public. And reverts to private property. Volunteers may be asked to contribute their time on open and specified non-open days.

 The project fully supports and recognises the important contribution of  volunteers to the projects aims. We offer a contract to outline the projects responsibilities to you as an unpaid worker and your responsibilities to the project and the people who use it.

 The Project will:

Offer support from all of the full time staff.

Respect you as an equal member of the staff team but not expect you to take on the responsibilities of a full-time worker. You will be invited to attend and contribute to some staff meetings where relevant.

Nominate a supervisor from the staff team who will have responsibility for organising volunteers contribution to the project. Your supervisor will be your first point of contact for any queries, questions or complaints. Your supervisor will also be responsible for following up any issues raised and liaison with other staff members.

Offer access to training and keep you informed of any training opportunities that arise. Wherever possible the project will meet the costs of the training.

Provide employers liability insurance

As a volunteer you will:-

 Work within the Aims and Objectives of the project.

Be able to recognise and fulfil your commitments to the project and the young people who use it. This will include attending agreed sessions and to let project leader know when you are unable to do so.

 Be responsible not only to the project as a whole but also to the people of all age groups who use it.

Be willing to participate in the police vetting procedures if over the age of 16 years and regularly working with vulnerable, young people

Adhere to the policy of confidentiality within the staff team and in all your work with young people. This will be discussed in more detail during your initial supervision session.

Prepare for and attend agreed supervision sessions and be willing to discuss practice issues and raise any items of concern.

Undertake training where it is deemed to be relevant and appropriate by both yourself and the project leader.

Volunteers will work for an initial three month period to give both the project and the volunteer the opportunity to see if they wish to progress with the work.

Volunteer Signature                                                                                  Administrator (Naturezones) Signature

Date                                                                                                          Date