Get hands on and become a part of this incredible legacy.

Whether you have spare time in the week or occasionally at weekends, why not come and join the team and get involved in helping plant and maintain the Heart of England Forest. There are lots of ways to help out, whatever your experience. It’s a great way to meet people, learn new skills, get outdoors and, of course, play your personal part in creating a new forest and a legacy for the future.

We currently offer volunteering opportunities every Tuesday and Thursday and one Saturday each month, which can take place anywhere in the Forest, from near Honeybourne in the South, to Studley in the North and The Lenches to the West.

Starting at 9.30am with a briefing and finishing at 3pm, most tasks are manual, physical work such as seed collecting, tree nursery maintenance, removing redundant tree guards, coppicing, vegetation control, litter picking and of course in the autumn and winter season, tree planting. Other lighter work might include photography, gardening, surveying footpaths, recording wildlife, counting the number of woodland users or helping out on one of our events, parking cars or serving refreshments.

“The work undertaken is of the volunteers’ own choosing within the jobs laid out for day, with no targets or work time limits imposed. The day is very much a social get-together with people chatting during the course of the work.” – Dave Rawlings, Volunteer

With all tools and training provided, all you need bring is suitable footwear, outdoor clothing, a packed lunch and plenty of enthusiasm.

Volunteering at these regular sessions is currently available to those 16 years and older. Everyone is required to complete a registration form at the beginning of their first visit – this can be downloaded here for you to print, complete, and bring along.

“The best way to find out if it’s for you is to come along, just give it a try. The team at the Heart of England Forest is fantastic and great fun to work alongside” – Kathy Cox, Volunteer

The Heart of England Forest is grateful to all its volunteers for putting their heart and soul into helping to create and manage our ever expanding newly planted native broadleaved woodland. You can read more about what it is like to join this valuable team in this news article.

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

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

I can volunteer at weekends

I can volunteer midweek

I can volunteer both at weekends and midweek

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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