Volunteer - The Heart of England Forest



Volunteer and help us grow the Forest this tree planting season

Join us this tree planting season (November 2019 – March 2020) and help plant a brand new area of the Forest.

We plant native broadleaf trees and will be planting 29 different species this season, ranging from English oak to hornbeam, and spindle to rowan, providing a wide variety of food sources for our local birds and other animals.

The wide grassland rides, and the wet areas of the land will add additional habitats to complement the woodland, giving more variety for people and for wildlife.

Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary; just the right footwear, outdoor clothing, a packed lunch and plenty of enthusiasm.

Volunteer planting days are being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week and the following Saturdays:

  • 22 February 2020
  • 14 and 28 March 2020

Our planting days are also a great opportunity to meet members of the forestry team and learn about the charity and our work to create a 30,000 acre broadleaf forest for people and wildlife.

Volunteering on Saturdays

Places are limited, so please register here for Saturday volunteering.

Volunteering on weekdays

To find out more about weekday volunteering, please email volunteer@hoef.co.uk or sign up for our regular volunteer email below.


Biodiversity volunteers

Recording and monitoring species in the Forest is vital for us to know how to protect and enhance our wildlife and habitats. We survey butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, birds and mammals, and with 7,000 acres of Forest we are always looking for willing helpers.

It is a great way to get out in the Forest more, or if you are already a regular visitor then this is something you can do on your walks. To find out more, please email volunteer@hoef.co.uk or sign up for our regular volunteer email below.

Communications volunteers

Are you a fantastic photographer who loves capturing the beauty of the great outdoors, a social media whizz or a talented wordsmith? Would you like to use your skills to help grow England’s largest native broadleaf woodland? We are looking for volunteers to help spread the word about our work.

Click on the role descriptions below to find out more:

Volunteer Photographer

Social Media Volunteer

Volunteer Writer

If you are interested in any of our communications volunteer roles, please email volunteer@hoef.co.uk

Sign up for volunteering news

To register for our regular volunteering email, containing news and information about upcoming volunteering opportunities in the Forest, please click the button below and enter your details:

We currently send a weekly email about the volunteering opportunities that take place on a Tuesday and Thursday, and a monthly email regarding the once a month Saturday session and events.

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