Friends of Watlington Hill

Couple on Watlington Hill, Oxfordshire, looking west, in September.

The Friends of Watlington Hill National Trust Volunteer Group was formed in 1989 at the request of Lord Esher whose family gave Watlington Hill to the National Trust.

The Friends of Watlington Hill is a National Trust Volunteer Group doing practical conservation work close to the small attractive town of Watlington.  Almost all of our work parties take place on Watlington Hill which encompasses chalk downland, scrub and a rare yew wood.
Activities on Watlington Hill include path clearing and revetment, scrub clearance and burning and cleaning the unusual folly of the White Mark which was cut into the chalk by Edward Horner in 1764. In 2013 and 2014 we celebrated the 250th Anniversary of the White Mark by re-chalking it which was a mammoth task carried out by many members of the local community and some enthusiastic visitors too. It was well worth it as we had a lot of fun and the mark looks so much better.
Anyone reasonably active is welcome to join us and, as we have no subscription, volunteers are free to make as much commitment as they want. They don’t have to come every month and they can work to their ability and timescale.  It is an excellent way socialise with people who share similar interests in nature and conservation whilst also enjoying the stunning views and countryside of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Watlington Hill is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
We usually meet about once a month either on a Saturday or a Sunday. We bring any tools required and refreshments, so all the volunteers need to consider is a packed lunch if they are staying all day and appropriate clothing and footwear.

Get in touch

For more information and to join the Friends of Watlington Hill, please contact Terry or Keith Jackson on 01491 613362 or e-mail