Family volunteering at Hardcastle Crags
Would you like to spend quality family time together helping us look after the woodland?
The family volunteering days offer an opportunity for families and friends of all ages to come together and learn a new skill. We'll work together come rain or shine to help keep the woodland healthy and beautiful.
These volunteering sessions are suitable for anyone over the age of 5, but sorry no dogs. Under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult. Booking isn't needed and you can come along to just one session or as many as you like.
What we'll be doing
Wednesday 30 May, 11am-2pm
Wonderful walling – trees have damaged an old wall near Gibson mill, we’d love some extra help repairing it.
Wednesday 1 August, 11am-2pm
Help give the new coppice trees a great start – grab a stick and beat the bracken away from the young trees to give them more light, water and nutrients.
Wednesday 29 August, 11am-2pm
Bracken bashing in the waxcap fields - armed with sticks we’ll beat the bracken away to create more grassland for rare waxcap fungi to flourish.
Wednesday 31 October, 11am-2pm
Rhododendron removal – we need all hands on deck to rid this invasive non-native shrub from the woodland. Removing this helps to encourage more wildlife. We’ll use a variety of hand tools and special tree pruning techniques to remove the shrub ready for a bonfire.
Where to meet
Wednesday 30 May - meet at Gibson Mill (approx. 30-40 minutes walk from the car park), 11am
Wednesday 1 and 29 August, and 31 October - Meet at the information hut near Midgehole Car Park, 11am
There’s no need to book – just turn up at 11am and we’ll lead the way.
What to wear and bring
Please wear suitable warm and waterproof outdoor clothing that you don't mind getting dirty and good footwear. Insect repellent, sun cream and gloves are advised. Gloves can be provided if needed.
We'll break for lunch. The café will be open and picnics are welcome too. Please bring your own drinks.