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Volunteer at Downs Banks

Downs Banks Brook meandering through woodland at Downs Banks, Staffordshire
Downs Banks Brook meandering through woodland at Downs Banks | © National Trust Images/Robert Morris

Volunteering at Downs Banks is a great way to meet new people or build your CV whilst helping protect this pocket of wilderness in the heart of the Midlands.

Staffordshire conservation volunteers

The Staffordshire conservation volunteers meet at Downs Banks, Hawskmoor and Great Haywood Cliffs every month. The group gets involved in essential work on the Downs and other local countryside.

Downs Banks is cared for by the East Staffordshire National Trust team. The team looks after Shugborough Estate, Hawksmoor and Downs Bank. Inductions for Downs Banks volunteers will take place at Shugborough Estate.

What activities can you get involved in?

• Path repair: most paths have natural surfaces which we work hard to keep in good order for visitors. Restoring eroded areas, adding steps and fixing path edges are essential tasks that we could not do without volunteers.
• Habitat work: maintaining Downs Banks as a valuable haven for wildlife often calls for the personal touch. Volunteers can manage habitats sensitively while making huge impacts for the ecosystems here.
• Caring for countryside: thanks to the enthusiastic and skilful work of volunteers the gates, fences, signs and waymarks and other features of Downs Banks it’s easy to take for granted are properly maintained.

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.

Workplace groups

If your place of work is interested in having a fun day outdoors and achieving something of real benefit for wildlife and the community, get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.