What we're about
Volunteers are needed to help us undertake outdoor conservation tasks at various properties including Kingston Lacy, Brownsea Island, Corfe Castle, Studland, Langton Matravers and Stourhead.
Conservation tasks mainly take place on Sundays 10am until 3pm or thereabouts, and there are some weekends away during the year at Stourhead. If you fancy doing some green gym activities, to combat working behind a desk for instance, then do come and join us, we would love to meet you.
We do like some commitment as the work parties are arranged some months in advance. The National Trust Rangers have their work planned out and each of the work parties needs at least 5 volunteers to make it viable. Therefore we do ask you to let us know at least 3 days in advance of a work party, that you intend to come. If there aren't enough volunteers, the work party is cancelled, and all the planning involved by the Rangers and Work Party Co-ordinator has been in vain. Also the Rangers need to know numbers so that they have the correct number of tools available. If you have to cancel at the last minute, please let the task leader know so that people aren't waiting for you unnecessarily. If you RSVP Yes and don't turn up, this is shown as a No Show. If this happens more then once, we will remove you from the Bournemouth National Trust Volunteers Group.
If you are new to this group, we advise that you join us at a work party so you have a chance to see whether you like the kind of work we do. You can stay for as long as you like, you don't need to stay for the full 5 hours. After two work parties, you must join the group officially for insurance purposes.
Our annual fees are quite small, £5 single and £8 for joint membership. Membership runs from March 1st to the end of February. If you join later in the year, i.e. after September 1st, you can join for £8 single, which will give you around 18 months.
Your Hours for each work party are sent to the Hours Co-ordinator and if you complete 50 hours during the year between March and the end of February, you earn a National Trust Volunteer Card. There are many advantages of having a National Trust Volunteer Card, such as free entry to National Trust Properties and a discount in the National Trust Shops and cafe's.
If you have any questions, I would be happy to respond. You can message me via Meetup or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - text or phone me on 07962444130
We look forward to meeting you at a work party soon.