We are a volunteer National Trust supporter group, that helps maintain special places in Essex and Suffolk. Our region extends to Dunwich Heath, Danbury Commons and Ickworth Park. We can trace our roots back to 1983, and have held several guises over the years, becoming Essex & Suffolk National Trust Volunteers in March 2021.
We provide opportunities to support National Trust, with fortnightly Sunday work parties. The tasks are varied, but usually outdoors – working at heaths, woods, gardens and farms across several properties. Examples of tasks include coppicing, scrub clearance, fence building, pulling Reed Mace from Mill ponds, and one-off projects such as boardwalk construction. We also aim to offer one Working Weekend each year, along with social events and other ways to participate with National Trust.
Volunteering with us is rewarding, and the group is friendly and sociable. There are tea breaks and lunch breaks on tasks, with hot drinks, biscuits and cake. Furthermore, experience gained puts you at a great advantage for careers in conservation, and our tasks enable you to learn and develop some of the skills required.
– You do not have to be a National Trust member to volunteer with us
– There is no commitment to come out on every task
– You don’t need to have any particular skills or knowledge
Regular volunteers become eligible for Volunteer Cards, entitling you to discounts at National Trust shops and cafes, and from holidays.
Take a look at our task reviews to see the work we have done over recent years, and our programme to see what we have coming up!