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Join our team of volunteers

Volunteers Bill, Steve and Andy take a well deserved breather

Volunteers Bill, Steve and Andy take a well deserved breather

Volunteering is a great way to explore your special interests, learn new skills or put existing ones to good use. You can also meet like-minded people and play a vital part in caring for our special places.

We have almost 80 volunteers helping us on the estate in a wide variety of roles from office administration to outdoor conservation work. Although we get so much interest from potential volunteers it's hard to find work for everyone, we'll always do our best to find you a suitable role. Please email the West Dorset Office to find out more.

Current opportunities

Shop assistant

We're looking for extra volunteers at the newly revamped shop at Stonebarrow.

To register your interest or find out more, please contact Gill at the Lyme Regis shop on 01297 445828 or call the West Dorset Office on 01297 489481.

Hedgerow surveying

In May, our volunteer ecologist John Newbould will begin mapping veteran trees on the estate. It's a big job and he'd welcome some extra help.

Become a member

Join the National Trust as a member to support our work and enjoy great benefits. Fancy parking for free every time you visit Langdon Hill, Stonebarrow and Burton Bradstock? How about free entry to Hardy's Cottage, Max Gate and Clouds Hill?

Ask about membership at your local National Trust place or look out for our membership van in West Dorset.

Join our local supporter group

The Golden Cap Centre helped to fund our Hardy Monument restoration work

The Golden Cap Centre helped to fund our Hardy Monument restoration work

Do you share our love for the Golden Cap Estate? You might like to join our local supporter group and play a part in caring for this special place while enjoying the company of like minded people.

Membership of the Golden Cap Association (West Dorset) is open to National Trust members and accredited volunteers, and there are currently over 400 members. The group supports the work of the National Trust in West Dorset and offers activities such as talks, walks and coach visits.

Working holidays

Meet new people and make friends for life on a working holiday

Meet new people and make friends for life on a working holiday

Fancy getting involved with our work while enjoying a break in beautiful surroundings? Working holidays give you the chance to develop new skills, lend a helping hand, get away from it all and make friends for life. In the winter months we run three hedgelaying holidays, while in warmer months you might be helping us to repair or replace steps on the South West Coast Path.

Hedgelaying

Hedgelaying is one of the main tasks our working holiday groups help us with. This traditional form of hedgerow management takes place in the winter months when trees in the hedgerows are dormant and we can cut the stems without damaging them (and we aren't disturbing any resident wildlife either).

Join us for an event

Our events offer the chance to meet our team, try something new and perhaps discover new parts of the estate. They're jolly good fun, too. Most of our events and activities take place in the summer months - you'll find details of upcoming events on our Events page.

Help record wildlife

It's important that we keep track of all the wildlife on the estate so we can prioritise our conservation management. You can help us with this task by recording the wildlife you've seen on your visit. We're particularly keen to hear about birds.

Join the conversation

Following us on Facebook is a great way to keep up with the latest news from the estate and find out what our rangers have been up to. We love to hear from visitors to the estate. Why not tell us what you've seen and done on your latest visit and share your pics? 

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