Get stuck in for Volunteers' Week

Two volunteers working in a garden

We’re lucky enough to have over 60,000 fantastic volunteers, who lend their time and provide vital support for the work we do. From costumed interpreters to wildlife surveyors and room guides to beekeepers, this Volunteers' Week (1 – 7 June) we’re celebrating every single person who help us to care for hundreds of special places all across the country.

If you’ve ever been tempted to try volunteering for yourself, then this week could also be the perfect opportunity for you to have a go. We’re offering several ‘taster days’ throughout the week, so you can help to improve habitat diversity with a bit of ‘bracken bashing’, enjoy the fresh sea air with your family on a beach clean, or help to conserve the Trust’s historic collections.

Whether it’s those woods you played in as a child, the coastline where you walk every weekend, or the sprawling parkland you explore with your kids, there’s always something you can do to help protect these places for the future. What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends, and enjoy some of the country’s most beautiful surroundings.

It’s the skills, time and passion of volunteers that make National Trust places special, and help to keep them open for ever, for everyone. Here are some of the top places to get stuck in:

Woman helping with a beach clean

Roseland Beach Cleans, Cornwall

Cornwall's Roseland Peninsula is fringed with stunning beaches. If you enjoy fantastic views and fresh air, then why not come along to one of the monthly beach cleans? You'll be helping out with vital work to protect this beautiful place, as well as having the opportunity to meet new people or spend quality time with your family in the great outdoors. Gloves, bags and litter-pickers are provided, just bring your enthusiasm.

Penny-farthing bicycles and a model of HM Britannia, part of the collection of Charles Wade in Hundred Wheels at Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire

Snowshill Volunteer Open Morning, Gloucestershire

Snowshill Manor has a brilliant team of friendly volunteers, but there are always plenty more opportunities to join in the fun. You could help to provide visitors with a friendly welcome, or show off Charles Wade’s eclectic collection (including a suit of Samurai armour). Why not come along to the Volunteer Open Morning and find out how you can help share the story of this quirky house and its treasures?

Pulham falls in Spring at Sheffield Park East Sussex

Work with a ranger at Sheffield Park, Sussex

Spend a day with the rangers at Sheffield Park and Garden, and lend a hand looking after the landscape and wildlife of this special place. All ages are welcome so it’s a great opportunity to spend some quality time with the whole family, and no tools or previous experience are needed.

A selection of brushes for conservation work

Conservation in action at Ickworth, Suffolk

Visitors to Ickworth on 22 June will have a special opportunity to help with some conservation cleaning by signing up to volunteer for an hour or two. This is a great chance to get hands on with Ickworth’s amazing collection, as well as being involved with caring for this incredible place.

Ormesby Hall looking at the back of the hall from the rose garden

Ormesby Hall volunteer taster day, North Yorkshire

Are you looking for a new adventure? Pay a visit to Ormesby Hall to learn more about volunteering, and get a taste of some of the roles available. Whether it’s sharing the stories of the Pennyman family with visitors, working in the picturesque formal garden or supporting conservation work behind the scenes - there’s sure to be a role to suit you.

An older man and a young woman planting in the gardens

Muck in at Mount Stewart, County Down

Mount Stewart’s ‘Muck in’ days are all about having great fun while working alongside members of our team to help care for this special place. From taking part in woodland conservation to keeping the gardens in tip-top condition, there are plenty of opportunities for the whole family to get involved and spend time together in the fresh air. Bring a picnic, your enthusiasm and get stuck in.