Last minute breaks & holidays
If you're looking for a last minute break, browse our vacancies below. These are holidays that still have spaces on them - starting very soon.
You can find more holidays to suit all tastes, when you search for a working holiday.
Spaces available: 29 November–6 December 2014
Help restore heathland habitats at Clumber Park by clearing the invasive silver birch, with bow-saws and loppers. Then we’ll use the cut birch to create habitats for wildlife, and for den-building material in our natural play area. Any leftover birch will be turned into woodchips. Bring steel toe-capped boots and suitable outdoor clothing for the weather.
Spaces available: 5-7 December 2014
Holiday code: 14BSP322
Come and help us clear invasive scrub from Coombe Hill, the highest view point in the Chilterns. You will be treated to fine views over the Aylesbury Vale and the Prime Ministers country residence, ‘Chequers’. Toasting marshmallows on the fires and a guided walk will round off a fun-packed weekend. Steel toe capped boots are required for this holiday.
Spaces available: 12-14 December 2014
Holiday code: 14BSP321
Enjoy a few days at Hughenden helping our ranger and his dog to expand the chalk wildflower bank. We’ll achieve this by cutting and burning the unwanted scrub, allowing the wildflowers to re-colonise this area of beautiful parkland. A tour of the manor house is always on offer. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing.
Spaces available: 11-17 January 2015
Holiday code: 14KHP323
Come and work off your Christmas pud doing conservation tasks on the stunning Stackpole Estate. You will be walking or cycling to the site and then at the end of the day, enjoy a healthy meal. There will also be two yoga sessions during your stay. Please bring waterproofs, wellies, old and warm clothes and clothes suitable for yoga. This is a luxury, hand-picked holiday, where our staff will cater for participants.
Spaces available: 16-18 January 2015
Holiday code: 14BSZ309
Help our ranger team clear invasive species from within the ancient woodland, restoring our woodland diversity by cutting laurel and rhododendron that shade out beneficial flora and fauna. Good fun and a guided walk to round off the weekend. Sturdy boots and good general fitness required.
Spaces available: 17-24 January 2015
Holiday code: 14ATP313
Hedgelaying is an ancient rural skill that has been used to preserve Dorset hedgerows for centuries. Come and join us for a week of hedgelaying and learn the skills behind this rural craft under the expert guidance of our rangers. By the end of the holiday you too could be up to competition standard.
Spaces available: 30 January – 1 February 2015
Holiday code: 14BSP347
Come and join our ranger Matt and his lovable sheepdog Bella, for an outdoor therapy weekend. You'll be cutting down and burning invasive scrub that threatens the precious chalk grassland on the Bradenham Estate. Take some downtime to admire the magnificent Chiltern views and the red kites riding the thermals above.
Spaces available: 31 January – 7 February 2015
Carry out work on the boundary at Calke Estate and learn how to cut and lay traditional hawthorn hedges. Because we're weather dependent, woodland coppicing works will also be on offer. Due to the tools involved, you need to have sturdy, outdoor toe-protection boots and warm clothes for working outdoors. The work can be strenuous so a level of fitness is required.
Spaces available: 31 January–7 February 2015
Help out on part of a five-year project to restore favourable habitats for nesting birds in the region’s woodlands. The work will also include some veteran tree management. You’ll also get to explore Clumber on two wheels as the ranger takes you on a guided cycle tour of the 1548 hectare estate. Bring steel toe-capped boots and suitable outdoor clothing.
Spaces available: 31 January–7 February 2015
Join us for a week in the woods as we carry out traditional management in our semi-ancient woodland bordering Loe Pool. This holiday is the perfect opportunity to learn the skills needed for deciduous woodland management and to have some fun with green woodworking.
Spaces available: 23-25 January 2015
Grab a bow saw and help to cut invasive scrub on the Ivinghoe Hills. Scrub encroachment is one of the biggest threats to chalk grassland – a nationally scarce habitat. Rare flowers and butterflies all stand to benefit from your hard work. Sturdy footwear with Ankle support. Warm water proof clothing.