What we do
The National Trust Ranger team doesn't just look after Penshaw Monument. We also manage a five mile stretch of the Durham Coast, Moorhouse Woods near Durham and lots of other places in the North Yorkshire Moors and on the Yorkshire Coast. Talk about being thinly spread. In order to keep all these fantastic places in the best possible condition we rely on help from our many volunteers. They are a diverse group of people of different ages and situations but all share a love of the places they work on.
There are three main ways people volunteer at Penshaw Monument.
Sunday Conservation Group
The Sunday group meets on the third Sunday of every Month to a day of practical conservation work. Sometimes this is at Penshaw, but at other times we work on the Durham Coast or at Moorhouse Woods. Some of the tasks that the group have taken on in the past include invasive species control, scrub removal, footpath maintenance and fencing. On the job training is provided by on of the Ranger team, so no experience in necessary. There are also opportunities to get involved at other times by helping out with our events programme or helping complete wildlife surveys.
With so many places to look after we rely on local people acting as our eyes and ears. Our Volunteer Rangers tend to be local people who regularly come to Penshaw Monument to walk. They come at a time that suits themselves and help us by picking up litter and getting in touch if there are any problems we need to know about.
Volunteer Monument Guides
The Monument's rooftop is open to visitors every weekend between Easter and September. On reaching the top of the spiral staircase, all of our visitors are greeted by one of our friendly Volunteer Monument Guides. They are all full of interesting facts about the monument and make sure the visitors stay safe. We ask our Monument Guides commit to doing half a day once every fortnight. We don't currently have any availability for this role, but if you'd like to be added to the waiting list please get in touch.