What we do

Chopping trees
Chopping trees

The tasks we support at National Trust sites are generally outdoors and include tree planting, coppicing, scrub clearance and fence building. We also have special tasks such as boardwalk construction on Orford Ness or pulling Reed Mace at Flatford Mill. Many tasks involve a bonfire. Volunteering with us is rewarding, and the group is very friendly and sociable. There is a tea break and lunch break during the day, with hot drinks, biscuits and cake. You do not have to be fit, just enthusiastic.

Please note that the group is primarily for adults of all ages and abilities. Under 18s are also welcome to attend, but they must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult throughout the task, and a parental consent form will need to be completed and signed.

Before you join us:

  • Look through the programme and choose a task you would like to come on.
  • Contact the group via email, text or phone for full details and to let us know you’re coming out with us. We will let you know where we will meet and at what time (usually 10 am). If you need a lift, we will do our best to arrange one. For Orford Ness we need to catch a boat – so don’t be late!
  • On the day, its a good idea to check the weather forecast. In any event, wear old clothes, strong shoes or boots. Also bring along a packed lunch and if you suspect rain, water proofs. The group provides all the tools and gloves as well as tea, coffee and biscuits.
  • Meet up with the rest of the group. The Trust ranger for the property will show us what needs to be done, and how to use any tools. We usually have a tea break about 11ish and lunch around 1pm.

We usually finish at 4pm – you can leave earlier if you want to.