Our volunteer days at Gorse Hill Nature Reserve are every Wednesday and Saturday.  We open at 9.30a.m and generally end the day at 4.00p.m.  You are welcome to spend the whole day or just give what time you can.

Heathland heather planting
Photo by Jonathan Atkins

Bring a packed lunch, tea and coffee are provided. You will need suitable outdoor clothing and footwear; the ground can be uneven and boggy in places.

The sorts of activities you could be involved in are:

  • woodland management
  • planting trees and shrubs
  • heathland creation and management
  • pond creation and maintenance
  • production and planting out of wildflowers
  • creation of wildlife habitats
  • maintenance of various types of machinery
  • various surveys such as bird nest boxes, wildflowers, butterflies, moths and small mammals

Tree Planting
Photo by Jonathan Atkins

It does not matter if you have never done these things before, there will be someone to help and show you how.

There is something for everyone; from getting wet

Clearing Areas of Reedmace in Bluebell Wood Pond
Photo by Jonathan Atkins

to enjoying the sunshine

Wildflower Planting in Spring
Photo by Jonathan Atkins

to wrapping up and keeping warm

Maintaining the Organic Orchard
Photo by Jonathan Atkins

and, of course, taking a well-earned break

Volunteers enjoying a well earned rest
Photo by Jonathan Atkins

People of all ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by a parent or suitable adult.

For more details please contact:

Jonathan Atkins beltane57@gmail.com  mobile: 07761 212636  or get in touch via our Facebook page

We would like you to arrange to call in for a chat and a cuppa. You can hear more about the work we do and tell us about your interests.

When you volunteer with the NWET, we will keep you up to date with the work that we are doing and events we are involved with.  We will also let you know of any changes that might affect you volunteering with us and which you need to be aware of.  We will only use this information in relation to your volunteering with us and whilst you remain a volunteer with us.  By agreeing to volunteer with NWET you are agreeing to us to sending you emails about volunteering and your volunteer role.  We will on occasion need to share your email address with other NWET volunteers, for instance in the process of organising an event you have chosen to attend.

If you are a volunteer (whether for specifically NWET, or if you are helping us for other reasons – for example you work for another organisation which is running an event with us) then we may collect extra information about you (e.g. references, criminal records checks, details of emergency contacts, medical conditions etc.). This information will be retained for legal reasons, to protect us (including in the event of an insurance or legal claim) and for safeguarding purposes.


We respect your privacy and promise to keep your details safe and will never sell them. 

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