Green Academies Project

Dunham GAP Project 4

Dunham Massey is one of six National Trust places in England and Wales chosen to take part in the Green Academies Project (GAP). GAP is one of 31 projects across the UK that make up the Our Bright Future programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. GAP offers young people in our target communities the chance to gain practical conservation skills and experience in habitat conservation, food growing and horticulture in local green spaces alongside experienced rangers. We hope to make positive, sustainable links with the local community supporting diversity and opportunity.

Aged 11-24 and live in Partington & Carrington? Get a taste for the outdoors with a Green Academies Project taster session

Does your local youth group, school or college want to improve local green spaces, learn new skills and get advice on how to use these skills to get further training, education and employment? We offer taster sessions for groups to book and can tailor them to suit your needs.

Dunham Massey has a variety of habitats that are managed according to a long-term plan for their conservation. You will help with conservation tasks in all of our habitats including removal of invasive species, vegetation cutting and clearing, creating wildlife habitats, gardening, weeding and hedge-cutting. There will also be opportunities to try something a bit different on taster sessions offered by our partners.

Youth Rangers at Dunham Massey
Youth Rangers at Dunham Massey
Youth Rangers at Dunham Massey

Urban Rangers in Partington

For ages 12-18yrs living in Partington and Carrington.

Urban Rangers will learn the skills they need to look after local wildlife and parks. If you want a career in the outdoors or just want to make friends and learn new skills, come and join us!

On the first Saturday of every month, meet us at the Oak Road entrance to the Redbrook Trail 1pm. All sessions run 1-3pm.

What to bring

Completed parental consent form.

You need to come prepared to work outside! That means long sleeved tops and trousers. Wellies or boots in winter and sunscreen and a hat in summer!

Don’t forget to bring a drink too.

If you want to join in you must contact the Green Academies Project Ranger (details below) and get your parent or guardian to complete your form before you begin. 

Green Academies Project Youth Rangers the first Sunday of every month 10am-2pm

If you are aged 12-18 and want to get involved in working outdoors and building a connection with wildlife, Youth Rangers at Dunham Massey is ideal for you. As a Dunham Youth Ranger you are helping towards the conservation of 300 acres of parkland, including around 200 acres of deer park, which is a place of special scientific interest.  Throughout your journey as a Youth Ranger you will have the opportunity to learn new skills, improve your knowledge of local wildlife, make new friends and most importantly, enjoy being outdoors!

Your commitment to helping nature and protecting our special places here at Dunham Massey will be rewarded!  Once you have completed six sessions of volunteering you will receive a Dunham Youth Ranger hoodie and after completing nine sessions you will receive a certificate of achievement and a wildlife ID guide.

Training and advice from National Trust staff and our partners will be available to help you get the most out of your experiences and we welcome participants from all backgrounds and abilities. Travel support is available for Partington & Carrington residents.

Green Academies Urban Ranger Club Partington

Become a vital part of creating a community task force in Partington & Carrington of young people and adult volunteers committed to building a connection with wildlife and protecting green spaces in the community.  Work as a team to take ownership of your environment choosing the areas you want to work on.  We will provide you with all the support you need, including a small budget to finance the project and training and advice from National Trust staff and our partners.

Young people in the park at Dunham Massey watching the deer

Partington Library Gardening Group

Join us in helping to transform the Partington Library and Wellbeing Centre garden. Make new friends and learn new skills, with sessions being led by a Dunham Massey gardener each week. 

Meet at the Partington Library and Wellbeing Centre, every Tuesday, 10am -12 noon.

Green Academies Project Activities Volunteers: A stepping stone to your future

If you are a young adult who already has a passion for conservation and wildlife you might want to join us and extend your skills and knowledge whilst gaining invaluable experience working with young local people on an exciting project for the National Trust.

Apply now

Apply for taster sessions, Dunham Youth Rangers, Urban Ranger Club, the Secret Garden Group or Activity Volunteers by contacting Alex Bond on 07771 342 184 or