Be a volunteer at Alderley Edge

Volunteers enjoy fence building at Alderley Edge
Volunteers enjoy fence building in the sun at Alderley Edge National Trust / Tom Brockington

We look after acres of the surrounding countryside at Alderley Edge, with just two full-time Rangers. Simply carrying out the basic maintenance tasks would be a real challenge if it wasn’t for the regular turn-out of volunteers who work with us on all aspects of countryside management.

Our volunteers come from varied backgrounds and join for different reasons, but what they all have in common is a desire to put something back into the countryside environment that we all want to continue to enjoy. With responsibility for so many diverse properties, the National Trust offers volunteers plenty of experiences to choose from and opportunities to develop important skills, whatever the season.

We'll give you the chance to:

  •  Gain practical skills whilst working on outdoor conservation tasks
  •  Work in a team on achievable tasks with rewarding results
  •  Increase your awareness of environmental management
  •  Earn a volunteer card (free entry to NT properties for a year) after 50 hours

 How you might help us to conserve and protect the countryside, archaeology, geology and wildlife:

  • Cows are great conservationists! The trampling action of their hoofs and their grazing habits can assist in the control of bracken, gorse and scrub. To protect the animals on our land, as well as walkers, we need to section off some areas of heathland by building fences as well as tasks such as:
  •  Erosion control at Stormy Point here at Alderley Edge
  •  Rhododendron/heathland clearance at Bosley Cloud
  •  Litter picking
  •  Woodland Management across a number of our properties
  •  Hedgelaying

Improve our visitors' experience of the area:

  •  Footpath improvements at most sites
  •  Stone pitching at Alderley Edge
  •  Gate-hanging and fencing

 Provide our volunteers with a worthwhile experience:

A number of our volunteers have gone on to gain full-time employment due to the experience they have gained through volunteering with us. Some of our ex-volunteers have found employment with local tree surgery businesses, the Environmental Resource Agency (ERA), the David Lewis Centre and a number of National Trust Academy Trainees have gone on to enjoy full-time conservation jobs.

Volunteers past, present and future

We really value the help we get from our volunteers, we work closely together and have developed a great working relationship over the years.

"A big ‘thank you’ to all who came and toiled and to those who still come – keep it going, keep on coming, it really wouldn’t be the same without you!"