Practical Workdays: North East

the Angel of the North (image: Patrick Routeledge / pixabay)

Spend a day or more helping to manage an area, conserve a species, improve habitats; learn the necessary skills 'on the job' and help make a difference. All events are for one day unless otherwise specified. Also have a look at the Volunteer Opportunities or Voluntary Organisations pages.


Organisations offering practical work days in the North East: this area covers Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cleveland, North, West and South Yorkshires and the East Riding of Yorkshire (formerly Humberside).


Please remember to contact only the organisation or person specified and please mention that you saw the advert with CJS.

BEES, at Bradford YMCA

runs a Friday conservation volunteer group working in and around Bradford on wildlife sites, our community orchard and a range of community projects. No experience necessary. Contact

Beeston Holbeck Cemetery Volunteers

  Be fitter, be outdoors, make friends. We are recruiting a team to improve and care for Holbeck and Beeston Cemeteries. Last Sunday of each month 10am - 3pm.  Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. All equipment provided. Contact 07562 439631

Groundwork Leeds

 - whether you want to volunteer on community based environmental projects, help people in fuel poverty, or take on a more office based role, Groundwork Leeds is sure to have the perfect volunteering opportunity to suit you! Contact Stuart Alexander on 0113 4680972

Land of Oak & Iron

Discover beautiful woodlands & river habitats in the Derwent Valley & surrounding areas. Land of Oak & Iron woodland volunteer tasks every Monday across our area & Friends of Prudhoe Woods tasks every Tuesday & Thursday. We also have occasional training days & river restoration tasks.

North Pennines AONB

This is your chance to get involved in targeted surveys, ongoing monitoring work, educational activities and practical wildlife conservation work in the North Pennines AONB. We are particularly interested in volunteers undertaking invertebrate surveys at our series of 20 Special Invertebrate Sites this year:

North York Moors National Park Authority

Whether you prefer to be a Volunteer Ranger patrolling the Park, an Archaeology Volunteer helping conserve iconic structures from the Industrial Age or a Visitor Centre Assistant co-leading educational family activities; we’re sure that we have a volunteering opportunity just for you. Please see our website for more details

Northumberland Wildlife Trust

  Something for everyone here! Get practical creating and maintaining habitats, help with events, at our visitor centres, in the office, or in your community - we have a volunteering opportunity for you! Look at our website to find out how you can join in, have fun and make a difference.

Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Please visit our website for our current volunteer opportunities and application form.

TCV Hollybush, Leeds

- outdoor volunteering opportunities with no previous experience required. Gardening and walking groups, short courses, practical conservation volunteering on an ad-hoc basis or as part of corporate days, woodwork, activities for the over 50s, helping out with our Learning Disability group, in our café or with events. 0113 2742335.

TCV Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Leeds

Join Green Team on Fridays or Green Gym on Mondays for social gardening & conservation days to look after our wildlife area. We also run regular seasonal festivals and surveying based events. It's a great chance to get involved and learn new skills, and no previous experience is needed!

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), South Yorkshire Community Woodlands

Join us in caring for seven large woodlands in South Yorkshire.  Volunteer to maintain the woodlands, deliver outdoor sessions for young people or help run local events.  There's lots of inspiring things to do. Call 01302 388851 or email

The River Stewardship Company

RSC is a not for profit social enterprise providing waterways management. We deliver invasive species control, vegetation management, habitat creation, access works and improvements for a landowners and management companies. We also deliver environmental education, volunteer days, guided walks, recreational activities and other events in and around waterways across Yorkshire.