Volunteering in the White Peak
Volunteers play a huge part in helping to care for special places in the Peak District. From recording wildflowers on the slopes of Dovedale to baking scones and cakes for visitors in our tea-room.
Next time you are going for a walk in Ilam Park, Dovedale or the Manifold valley, you may well meet volunteers outdoors. Here are just a few of the things they may be upto:
- Monitoring wildlife on riverside habitats, meadows, caves and woodlands.
- Checking and repairing paths, stiles, gates, hedges, drystone walls and fences.
- Meeting and greeting visitors arriving at Ilam Park and Dovedale.
- Leading drop in walks for visitors on Mondays and Fridays.
- Offering local information to visitors at Dovedale Mobile Barn.
- Tending to the fruit orchard at Ilam Park.
- Weeding and watering in the Italian Garden at Ilam Park.
- Vegetation management on Ecton Hill.
- Serving visitors in the shop at Ilam Park.
Behind the scenes
You may not see some of our volunteers during your visit, but they are busy behind the scenes helping with a wide range of tasks.
- Baking cakes and making soup in the kitchen for the tea-room.
- Taking seasonal photographs for use on the website.
- Creating and writing new walking routes for visitors.
- Monitoring energy use and taking meter readings.
- Gritting car parks and main paths in the winter.
- Preparing trees for Christmas tree sales in December.
- Recording the geological features.
Do stop and chat to any volunteers you meet and they'll be more than happy to let you know what they are doing.