Volunteer Profile: Adrian Jones
Adrian Jones has been a National Trust Volunteer at the Clent Hills site for 4 years. He has supported many events including Hallowe'en, stargazing, moth man, country skills, Ian Botham’s sponsored charity walk, children’s trails, backwoods camping, tree pruning, path maintenance and country walks. He has given particular support the children’s National Trust Campaign ’50 Things to do Before You Are Eleven & Three Quarters’ ranging from insect catching to building shelters.
Adrian has given very close support to the Easter Bunny and Father Christmas, which he describes as 'great fun’. One of his more unusual roles was dressing up as a tomato for the ‘Healthy Eating Event’.
Adrian has a massive interest in the environment, both personally and professionally. He has worked in a range of environment protection roles around Birmingham as part of his career as an Environmental Health Officer. Currently he is working on new housing developments in the Midlands.
He is also a local Scout Leader and his scouts have supported the National Trust with litter-picks, navigation training for young people and support for the Den Building activity.
Adrian’s interest includes camping, mountain walking, canoeing and cross-country running (usually running over the Clent Hills). He is also a British Canoe Union Coach and a Red Cross First Aid Instructor.
Two years ago he acted as a volunteer Gamesmaker at the London Olympics, which was a wonderful experience and left him with new friends to visit in other countries.
Adrian is married with two boys and lives in Halesowen, where the Clent Hills has played an important part in his life, as a place to relax or for sport. Working for the National Trust has given him a chance to put something back into countryside that he loves. Most recently Adrian has set up an eight-point geocaching course for the National Trust over Adams Hill. Although this was only finished in mid-December, within the first few weeks 100’s of visits have been made by people hunting down the hidden caches. Adrian says ‘the online and personal feedback from the geocaching and other activities has been very positive and people are so friendly, which makes this volunteering role very rewarding’.