Join in at Ashridge Estate

If you’d like to help us to look after Ashridge, there are loads of opportunities to volunteer with us. Everyone’s welcome, so do please get in touch to find out more. Read on for a taster of some of our volunteer roles.

There is plenty of choice if you decide to join us

Our National Trust Shop

Help us price up stock, stack shelves, serve at the till and – most important of all – talk to our visitors about Ashridge and why it’s such a great place to visit.



Our conservation volunteers are carrying out important habitat and estate management work every week of the year. There are two groups on Thursdays and Sundays. We also need volunteers to monitor wildlife, keep an eye on our archaeological sites, care for our veteran trees and help visitors learn more about the estate and our work.



Do you have experience of teaching or working with young people? We’re looking for confident people to assist with school visits. We offer a selection of activities from orienteering to pond dipping and can provide full training. A CBS check is required for this role.


Visitor reception

The smiles and welcome provided by our reception volunteers as they tell people about Ashridge, help with directions and offer to lend you a laminated trail for one of our wlks, can turn even a grey day into a happy visit. This is a great job for people who like meeting people.


Bridgewater Monument

A trip up the 172 steps of the Bridgewater Monument is the highlight of many peoples’ visit here. The view from the top is breath-taking on a clear day. If you like working outside and could help us take the ticket money and promote National Trust membership, this could be for you. Afternoons and week-ends during the summer – weather permitting.


Pitstone Windmill

The Pitstone Windmill is open on Sunday afternoons and Bank holiday Mondays from whitsun to the end of August. If you’d like to be part of a team of volunteers showing people around and taking ticket money, give us a call.



We never run out of things to do in the office. For an organisation that’s supposed to be about getting stuff done in the outdoors, we spend a lot of time on paperwork, filing and meetings. If this is up your street, we’d love to hear from you.


If you aren't able to help as a volunteer but would like to support the work we do, you can become a National Trust Member, which gives you free entry to all our properties. Annual membership costs £54.80 (from the end of February 2017) which is £5.40 per month. If you are interested please contact us at Ashridge on 01442 851227.

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