Working holidays

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and government guidance on social distancing, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining working holidays for 2020. We’ve also decided to change how our working holidays are run moving forward.

A volunteer working on the heathland at Dunwich Heath and Beach, Suffolk

An update on our working holidays 

After an independent review last year and following a wide-ranging consultation in response to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, we've decided to change how our working holidays are run. The working holidays programme will no longer operate under National Trust Holidays. However, the vital conservation volunteering activities will continue through other schemes.

We'd like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers who have given their time and passion for working holidays and conservation over the years. And as we now make these changes, we're grateful for their continued support for the special landscapes and wildlife we all love.

Volunteer clears leaves at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Other ways to get involved  

If you’re a working holidays volunteer, we hope to work with you over the coming weeks to find new volunteering opportunities for you to continue supporting our conservation activities or explore other volunteering interests. There are also a number of ways to get involved with us through our volunteer supporter groups.

Looking back on 50 years of working holidays

Over the last 50 years, working holidays participants have helped us to look after some of the most incredible places in England and Wales.

We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our working holidays leaders and participants who have made such a difference for the benefit of nature. We look back on and celebrate the work they've done to help ensure that more people can enjoy the beautiful places we care for.

Volunteers on a Working Holiday at Poltesco, The Lizard, Cornwall, resting whilst looking over the bay

Celebrating 150 holidays 

Working holidays leader, Bob Mclaurin did his first working holiday in 1993. 24 years later and he's now taken part in over 150 holidays.

Volunteers repair a canal towpath on a National Trust working holiday

Pathways and waterways: my holiday diary 

Riaz Rashid, working holiday assistant leader, tells us about her experience caring for pathways and waterways of Stratford Canal in Warwickshire – the site of the first ever working holiday.

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A working holiday on the Devon Coast

Find out what a group of participants got up to when they went on a working holiday on the Devon Coast.