Get stuck in for Volunteers' Week

Two volunteers from the Birmingham Back to Backs

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:

A group sit by the Summerhouse at Allen Banks

Allen Banks, Northumberland 

7 June, 9.30am–2.30pm
Volunteers are a vital part of the team at Allan Banks, helping us to care for this beautiful deep gorge and woodland so it can continue to provide adventures for everyone who visits. If you’ve ever thought about joining in, why not come along during national Volunteers' Week to meet the team, get stuck in and find out if volunteering could be for you? You’ll be helping out with countryside conservation tasks like installing tree guards, so if you love spending time in the great outdoors and want to give something back to nature, this is the opportunity for you.

Volunteers clearing bracken

Lundy Bay, Cornwall 

9 June & 11 August, 10am–3pm
Fancy some volunteering with a view? If you’ve got a spare few hours, head along to the sheltered rock cove of Lundy Bay where you’ll find our rangers hard at work ‘bracken bashing’ – an essential task that helps to control the spread of this prolific plant so other wild plants can grow. All tools will be provided so you only need to bring your enthusiasm. You’ll be rewarded with sweeping scenery, plenty of reviving sea air and the satisfaction of a job well done.

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

Ormesby Hall, North Yorkshire 

7 June, 11am–3pm
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.

Four ladies are standing by some of the flowers and fauna at Stowe discussing the planting, they work for the National Trust

Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

1 June, 10am–5pm
In celebration of national Volunteers' Week, you’re invited to join the team at Stowe to get a taster of all the work that goes in to caring for this special place. It’s free admission all day, so you can chat to the rangers about the tractors and diggers used to manage the estate, delve into 300 years of history with the archive team, or learn how the gardeners are using archaeology to restore the landscape to its 18th-century glory. Maybe you’ll be inspired to start volunteering yourself?

Ranger with a pick-axe working on footpath repairs, South Ridge of Snowdon in the background.

Snowdonia, Wales 

2 June, 9am–4pm
Snowdonia is prime walking country, but high footfall and rainfall means that the footpaths tend to suffer from erosion. Every month a team of intrepid volunteers and rangers heads out to work on repairing the paths, and July’s session just happens to fall during national Volunteers' week. If you’re a fan of fantastic scenery and a good workout, why not join the team to learn the art of path repair, and help keep Snowdonia’s walking routes in tip top condition?

Workhouse volunteer in costume

The Workhouse, Nottinghamshire 

1 - 7 Jun, 12pm-4pm
Built in 1824, The Workhouse at Southwell now remains as the most complete of its kind in existence. Designed to accommodate the poor and destitute of local Victorian society, this austere building was used as a blueprint for workhouses across the country. There are hundreds of stories held within these walls, which are skilfully brought to life by our volunteers. If that sounds up your street, come along during national Volunteers' Week to experience tours and talks, find out more about our volunteers and maybe get involved yourself?