Come and Volunteer at Dunstable Downs

Volunteers burning scrub at Dunstable Downs

The National Trust couldn’t do what it does without the help of volunteers. Here at Dunstable Downs, in Bedfordshire, we offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering with the Countryside Team

The countryside team look after over 1,000 acres across ten sites in Bedfordshire & Potters Bar. Volunteers make up around 90% of the team, carrying out habitat management and maintenance, keeping public footpaths open and making sure that amenity grassland is mown in summer.  Countryside volunteers contribute to the conservation of our precious habitats for people to enjoy for ever.

Wielding a chainsaw at Dunstable Downs
Volunteer with a chainsaw at Dunstable Downs Bedfordshire
Wielding a chainsaw at Dunstable Downs

Weekend Ranger Volunteer

At weekends visitors flock to our sites to enjoy breath-taking views, long walks and a bite to eat at The View café. This is the perfect time for engaging with the public and giving them an experience to remember. We are looking for personable individuals who would enjoy talking to people about wildlife and the history of our sites. Also taking part in our ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ campaign and joining the Sunday volunteering team once a month to maintain some of our sites. Other tasks would include patrolling the sites and carrying out tasks with the Rangers. 
Saturday & Sunday between 08:30-15:00

Second Sunday volunteers

The Sunday Countryside Team operates on the second Sunday of each month and is managed by the Rangers for the Bedfordshire Properties. In the summer months the team focus on the upkeep of the Tree Cathedral, the registered garden and the Jubilee Orchard.

In the winter the team move onto scrub clearance on Dunstable and Whipsnade downs. The work we carry out is to restore and enhance our rare chalk grassland habitat.

Volunteering in our Educational Garden Project

Entering the second year of a three year project, we are looking for experienced gardeners to help to transform a patch of ground on a farm estate into an Educational Garden. This would  include sensory, food growing and wildlife areas.

After three years the garden will be open for organised groups to visit and contribute to the ongoing maintenance of the garden, along with our volunteers. 
Days - Monday and Thursday, morning and afternoon shifts

Litter Picking Volunteers

With 1,000 acres to look after we often struggle to keep all of our sites litter-free week to week. Although we currently have volunteers litter picking around Dunstable Downs, we are looking for people to keep our car parks and countryside tidy at Sharpenhoe Clappers, Sundon Hills Country Park and Totternhoe Knolls.
Days - Monday and Sunday for Dunstable Downs, any day for other sites
Time - Car parks before 10am, countryside anytime

What's in it for you?

•    Learning new skills
•    Helping to maintain these beautiful places both as a visitor attraction and a natural habitat
•    Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
•    Meeting people from all walks of life and making new friends
•    Improving your communication skills
•    Enjoying new experiences and learning something new every day

These roles will suit people who… 

•    Enjoy working outdoors as part of a team
•    Understand the importance of working safely with tools and machinery
•    Are reasonably physically fit
•    Are reasonably aware of their surroundings and are comfortable working on steep, sloping, uneven ground
 

If you are interested contact us by email at dunstabledowns@nationaltrust.org.uk