Avon Heath Country Park and Eastern Area Sites - Volunteers
Are you looking for a great day out in the countryside, a way to get active and take more exercise, or a first step into a career in the countryside?
Our volunteers contribution makes such an amazing difference to the Country Park and wider countryside – from practical conservation tasks to helping out in the visitor centre, building pond dipping platforms, updating office records, counting orchids on South Park and butterflies around our transect route.
Benefits of volunteering
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, give something back to your community and enhance or gain new skills in conservation, rights of way maintenance and more.The rangers at Avon Heath and the Greenspace Team East run weekly volunteering tasks throughout the year, as well as a Sunday task group once a month during the Autumn and Winter months.
What you will be doing
The work is predominately outside and practical, and all groups are very welcoming and sociable, attracting a range of people and ages. Tasks vary and cover Avon Heath Country Park (maintenance and conservation work across the 2 sites), Dorset Countryside Sites and the Rights of Way Network throughout East Dorset.
How to get involved
New volunteers and family groups are always welcome, and will receive a basic induction to volunteering with Dorset Council before they begin any work with the group. New volunteers are asked to complete a short form; they are then added to the contact list. A volunteer programme is produced every few months with details of all tasks, allowing volunteers to pick and choose which ones they’d like to attend. The programme may be subject to change, but volunteers will be contacted should any changes arise.
On the day
Work parties start at 10am and finish around 3pm. Please wear old clothes, sensible footwear and bring a packed lunch if staying all day. In the Autumn and Winter we often have a bonfire to burn off the brash, so please consider this when choosing your clothes for the day. Gloves, tools, hot drinks and biscuits are provided.
Helping in the Visitor Centre
We also have opportunities in the Visitor Centre at Avon Heath Country Park. We have a small group of volunteers who help us run the shop and carry out admin tasks.
Please contact us for any more information. We look forward to seeing you!
Slop Bog Local Nature Reserve
Our Eastern Area Ranger co-ordinates a practical work party at Slop Bog in Ferndown. These generally take place every month on a Tuesday.