Working holidays at Ashridge Estate

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If you love working outdoors and would be interested in helping on the Ashridge Estate, you can book a few days' stay here.


Working holidays on the estate take place mainly during autumn and winter to minimise the impact on wild flowers.

We offer accommodation for small groups that want to volunteer with us for a weekend or maybe even a week.

The Chilterns basecamp bunkhouse is situated on the edge of a woodland area, in the heart of the Ashridge Estate. It offers volunteers basic accommodation close to the various areas of work across the estate. Your neighbours will be fallow deer. Learn more about our basecamps and bunkhouses.

Work to be done

The Ashridge Estate relies heavily on the support of volunteers in many ways. Various Ashridge volunteer groups, National Trust Working Holidays and corporate groups all play a part in caring for Ashridge for the benefit of the nation.

Around 2,000 hectares of the estate are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), and we have a great deal of habitat-management responsibility.

This forms the bulk of our volunteer work and is very labour intensive, involving working on extremely sensitive sites.

Without the use of heavy, damaging machinery, volunteers carry out scrub clearance, grassland management and other important tasks. This work is essential for enhancing the biological richness of this special place.

The bunkhouse/basecamp buildings are also available for use by other National Trust places in the area including: Hughenden Manor, Waddesdon Manor and West Wycombe Park.