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Involving volunteers, visitors and the community in reimagining Hinton Ampner

A group of people gathered together in the grounds at Stowe in Buckinghamshire discussing the tasks that need to be done for the day
As the project progresses, there will be regular opportunities to get involved | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

As the Reimagining a Hampshire Estate project begins to transform Hinton Ampner for visitors and nature, we want as many people as possible to be part of it. There will be continuing opportunities for volunteers and the local community to get involved, as well as ways for all visitors to share their experiences of the changing face of Hinton.

Volunteering at Hinton

In February 2023, we had our first community tree planting day, with 3,000 seedlings planted in Hangar field. It was a fun and diverse gathering of people, united by their passion for our natural heritage, landscapes and wildlife.

We’ll also be asking for help monitoring how the range of wildlife at Hinton changes as we improve the habitats.

We'll need volunteers to walk the estate, recording which species they find and how common they are. And the wider community can get involved in one of our 'citizen science' days – bring family and friends along to count birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Involving visitors

It’s important that everyone who visits Hinton has an opportunity to engage with the recovery and improvement of the land in some way.

Phone cradles installed at ten locations around the estate will give people the chance to take repeatable photos that chart the changing of the seasons as well as the changes to Hinton’s landscape, plants and animals.

Whether you’re part of the local community, or visiting from elsewhere in the country or around the world, we’d love you to share your photos with your friends and family on social media and with the National Trust.

Jars of honey
Local honey for sale | © National Trust Images/David Levenson

Local produce

Where possible, we’ll process and sell the things we produce on the estate locally, such as honey from the bee hives on the estate.

As the project progresses, we’ll aim to offer visits to the farm to help people connect to where their food comes from and to show that it can be produced in a sustainable way.

Two volunteers in the garden at Allan Bank and Grasmere, Cumbria

Volunteer

Each year thousands of volunteers join us in caring for all the special places you love.

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