Whether you are looking for something completely different to do, want to learn new skills, meet new people or just enjoy being out doors - there are plenty of practical volunteering opportunities at Elvaston Castle Country Park.
Elvaston rangers and wardens run a weekly mid-week volunteer group that provides invaluable help in managing and maintaining the core historic gardens. Every fortnight a group of conservation volunteers work with us on a Sunday to manage Elvaston's local nature reserve.
Early volunteer sessions always start by getting familiar with the substantial 13.5 hectare site and the various habitats within it, including: reed beds, flower meadows, wet woodlands, and its very own lake and islands. Tasks involve learning a wide range of skills such as correct tool use, habitat surveys, habitat management and arboriculture skills. Arboriculture is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants.
Our volunteer group is a really fun way to meet new people, stay healthy, learn new skills and make a real difference to the park. It is also a great way to build your confidence and gain experience of work within the environmental sector.
Elvaston’s volunteer group currently has around 20 members, from various backgrounds and ages. We welcome people with all levels of experience; the only thing we ask for is enthusiasm!
If you are interested in volunteering at Elvaston, whether it is mid-week or as part of a fortnightly group of conservation volunteers at the weekend, email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01629 533870.