Northumberland Coast volunteer Heather Corby

Terns flying above rangers on the Farne Islands

Heather Corby began volunteering with the National Trust on the Northumberland Coast two years ago. For Heather, it’s been an easy move from the City to the wild North East coast.

Volunteering in beautiful places

 
I volunteer with the conservation rangers on the Northumberland Coast. A group of us meet every Wednesday to tackle everything from hedge-laying to litter picking. 
 
We’re out in all weathers; from gloriously warm sunny days to the foulest winter winds and rain. 
 
But I find that it doesn’t really matter what the weather is doing. Even on a stormy day the scenery is spectacular. 
 
Often, we’ll work against the backdrop of the ancient Bamburgh Castle. Set high on a rocky promontory, the castle is visible from miles around. Seeing it, you get a tremendous feeling of power and history.

 

A chance to do something different

 
I’ve been volunteering with the National Trust for two years. After taking early retirement from my job as a HR director in London, I moved up to the north east. I knew Northumberland well; I’d always loved the area. 
 
I had just left a busy job. Volunteering with the National Trust was a chance to do something I enjoyed whilst giving something back to the community. I now also spend two days a week volunteering for a local hospice.
 

Skills for life

 
Along the way I’ve learnt new skills, building fences and handling tools. I’ve put them to good effect in my back garden. 
 
As a volunteer group we’ve been lucky enough to get out to the Farne Islands, famous for its spectacular wildlife. We went early in spring, painting the lighthouse on Inner Farne and laying down boardwalks ready for the island’s public opening. 
 
I like to keep busy. I’m not the sort of person who could put their feet up.
 
Volunteering with the National Trust is part of a new chapter of my life. One I’m enjoying enormously. 
 
Volunteering at Batemans East Sussex

Volunteering events this summer 

Don your wellies and get outdoors with one of our volunteer teams this summer. Pull out some bracken or see how many bugs you can spot at one of our volunteering events around the country.