Lovely volunteers Mike and Barbara enjoy the annual countryside festival © Danny Eastman

Lovely volunteers Mike and Barbara enjoy the annual countryside festival

Join our friendly team

We're lucky to have a fantastic team of volunteers at Ashridge. If you're interested in joining us we'd love to hear from you.

Volunteers can get involved in all areas of the estate, from welcoming people to the visitor centre or Bridgewater Monument to helping with scrub clearance on the Ivinghoe Hills.

Call 01442 841800 or email us.


 © Bee Saville

Our education officer is looking for someone to take a leading role with larger groups by managing a section of them on their own. Perhaps you are a retired teacher or nursery helper looking for a new challenge?

You could also help visiting school children with pond-dipping, orienteering and art events.

Personal Mobility Vehicles

Drive yourself at Ashridge © Bee Saville

Drive yourself at Ashridge

We have a number of mobilty vehicles at the visitor centre, managed and run by Friends of Ashridge volunteers who show people how to use the vehicles and provide information on the three accessible routes that are available.

They are looking for new members to help so if you have a regular couple of hours to spare any afternoon between March and September, they would love to hear from you.

Bridgewater Monument

The granite column of the Bridgewater monument reaches 33 metres high © Katie Piggford

The granite column of the Bridgewater monument reaches 33 metres high

Our volunteers sell tickets and make sure visitors to the monument enjoy the experience and stay safe as they climb to the top. They also encourage visitors to join the National Trust so that they can benefit from everything membership entails.

If you like meeting people and would enjoy explaining membership to them please contact us on 01442851227


New reception area at Ashridge visitor centre © Bee Saville

New reception area at Ashridge visitor centre

If you enjoy meeting people, you might like to man our lovely new reception desk. You would greet people when they arrive and answer their queries, handing out leaflets about the Estate.

How you can help

  • Come buy our wares © Kirsty Fairhead

    Our shop

    It takes a lot of volunteers to man our busy shop. A welcoming smile, is always much appreciated....

  • Pitstone Windmill in autumn © Ron Dyke

    Pitstone windmill

    Volunteers ensure people visiting the mill enjoy themselves and are safe whilst viewing inside.

  • Delicious local produce at our annual countryside festival © Lauran Wise


    Events volunteers take entrance money, sell raffle tickets and answer enquiries.

  • Picking up litter on the Ashridge estate © BS

    Litter picking

    Not the most glamorous job but vital to keeping the Estate clean.

Happy volunteer © katherine Piggford

Happy volunteer

'Volunteering here is a joy'

Bee has been a volunteer at Ashridge since September 2011. She works between 15 and 17 hours each week in the visitor centre office, editing the website and helping with general admin.

'I have loved every minute since I started working here, everyone was so welcoming. I have an IT background so am enjoying the website editing very much.'

Countryside volunteers

Countryside volunteers working on the estate

Countryside volunteers working on the estate

Our rangers run two regular groups of volunteers to help with scrub clearance and other vital tasks.

The Sunday group has vacancies for anyone interested in lending a hand. They meet every second and fourth Sunday in the month at the estate yard at 9.20am.

If you are interested please contact helping ashridge@nationaltrust.org.uk


Supporter groups

Conservation volunteers at Ashridge

Our main support group is The Friends of Ashridge who provide many volunteers for the Estate

Click here for more information on our supporter groups