Green Academies Project at Morden Hall Park

Green Academies Project Taster Day volunteers hedgelaying

Morden Hall Park is one of six National Trust places in England and Wales chosen to take part in the Green Academies Project (GAP) funded by Our Bright Future. The project offers young people the chance to gain practical conservation skills and experience in habitat conservation, food growing and horticulture in local green spaces alongside experienced rangers.

Aged 11-24? Get a taste for the outdoors with a GAP taster session

Does your youth group or college want to improve local green spaces, learn new skills and get advice on how to use these skills to get further training, education and employment? We offer taster sessions for groups to book and can tailor them to suit your needs. Past groups include Orchard Hill College, The Princes Trust and Cricket Green School.

We suggest a donation of £10 per participant, which goes back to the project enabling us to provide more opportunities for young people.

Green Academies Project Taster Day volunteers clearing ivy
Green Academies Project Taster Day volunteers clearing ivy from a tree

Morden Hall Park has a variety of habitats that are managed according to a long-term plan for their conservation. You will help with conservation tasks in all of our habitats including removal of invasive species, vegetation cutting and clearing, creating wildlife habitats, gardening, weeding and hedge-cutting. There will also be opportunities to try something a bit different on taster sessions offered by our partners.

GAP Urban Ranger Club

Be a vital part of creating a community hub where local people can build a connection with wildlife. Work as a team to take ownership of a rarely seen part of the park; making it a place where wildlife thrives and communities can share special moments together. You will learn about different kinds of wildlife and track the increase in species on-site as a result of the habitats you will create for them.

You can choose a role within the project team, for example marketing lead or wildlife expert, and develop your skills in this area. We will provide you with all the support you need, including a small budget to finance the project and training and advice from National Trust staff and our partners.

GAP traineeships: A stepping stone to your future

If you’re aged 16-24 and want a nationally recognised qualification working with National Trust professionals, apply for our GAP Traineeship. Traineeships offer practical skills and advice as well as support with English, maths and employability. 

Starting in September, our next opportunity is a 12-week practical diploma in groundsmanship and land management. The course includes weekly practical work experience with National Trust professionals and our partners. These sessions and sessions in English, maths and employment skills will take place at Tooting & Mitcham Community Sports Club.

Green Academies Project trainees fence building
Green Academies Project trainees fence building at Morden Hall Park

Skills you could learn on the programme include:

Sports pitch drainage
Root cultivation on grass pitches
Pest control
Water usage/ conservation
Tool use and maintenance
Health and safety/ risk assessments
Personal development, including communication and confidence.

Our traineeship in groundsmanship and land management could help open the door to your future by teaching you high quality practical skills employers are looking for. You will become part of a team looking after the grounds at the football club. We will work closely with you as an individual to help you reach your goals and full potential, even after your course ends.

Trainees can choose to receive lunch free of charge and can reclaim travel expenses.

Apply now

Apply for taster sessions, Urban Ranger Club or traineeships by contacting Hattie on 020 8545 6850 or at