Volunteering in the AONB
Below is a range of contacts that should help you find the type of volunteering work that you are looking for:
Stroud Valleys Project
The project has a long track record of working with volunteers on environmental initiatives around Stroud. Visit www.StroudValleysProject.org
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
Volunteering opportunities with BTCV include the midweek conservation group, training in conservation skills (e.g. drystone walling), tree warden training, and assistance for community groups. For further information visit www.btcv.org
Gloucester Vale Conservation Volunteers
GVCV carry out practical conservation projects throughout Gloucestershire such as hedgelaying, drystone walling and construction work. Visit www.gvcv.org.uk
Stinchcombe Hill Conservation Group
The group promotes the history, archaeology, geology and nature conservation of the site. Volunteers are mainly from the surrounding parishes and always need more help. Contact John Smallwood on telephone 01453 542345
The Ramblers' Association welcome volunteers to lead walks, carry out practical footpath protection work including clearing undergrowth and overgrowth, repair stiles and bridges and to monitor planning applications that include public rights of way. For further details of a local opportunity contact www.ramblers.org.uk or your local group.
Royal Society of the Protection of Birds
The RSPB works for a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife. It depends on the support and generosity of others to make a difference. You too can join over 9,000 volunteers in helping the RSPB with campaigns, raising awareness at local events, fundraising, farmland bird survey work, planting reeds, feeding garden birds and carrying out garden bird surveys. You do not need to be a bird expert to be involved. Please see the RSPB website for more information: www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering.
The National Trust
Looking for an exciting and interesting way to make a difference in conserving the environment and the UK's heritage? Whatever your interests or skills, we would love to hear from you. From gardeners to stewards there are so many ways to help the Trust. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
The Wildlife Trusts
The Wildlife Trusts are the largest grouping of charitable organisations in the UK concerned with the conservation of the UK's natural world. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
The GWT is a county-based charity working to secure a better future for the wildlife of Gloucestershire. There are many ways you can help the trust in its mission - by joining as a member & by helping out with various voluntary tasks. Without the support of members & volunteers the trust cannot carry out its vital work to protect the wildlife & countryside of the county.
For a list of up to date voluntary opportunities & information on how to join the trust, please contact Sarah Killingback - Volunteers Manager by e-mail email@example.com or visit the website www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
The Broadway Gravel Pit nature reserve lies within the Cotswolds AONB. Volunteers meet regularly to look after the reserve and monitor its wildlife. Visit www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk
The Wychwood Project
The Wychwood Project works with local communities to conserve and restore the landscape and habitats within the former Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood. Volunteers can join our practical conservation tasks, training courses, help with fundraising,publicity or walks, talks and events. For more details please contact Wychwood Project Manager Tel: 01993 814143 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.wychwoodproject.org
There are a few key initiatives taking place at the moment that are designed to encourage you to get involved in conservation work:
The BBC is currently running a campaign which encourages people to get involved in conservation work.
Click here to find out more about Breathing Places.
The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) is a partner in the 'Every Action Counts' initiative which aims to train volunteers to become Community Champions. Click here to find out more.