Practical Workdays: North West

the golden mile promenade at  Blackpool, including the Tower (image: Steven Lodice / 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 West: this area covers Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire.


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

Arnside and Silverdale AONB

Join us for conservation work parties carrying out a range of practical activities across the beautiful AONB. Tasks are on Tuesdays with monthly litter picks on the second Thursday. No experience needed. Contact Countryside Officer Dougie Watson on 01524 761034 or see our website for details

Cheshire Wildlife Trust

has a range of volunteer opportunities across the region, including practical conservation work parties, administration and reception tasks as well as community engagement and social inclusion activities with young people or disadvantaged groups. See our website, email or contact 01948 820728 to find out more.

Chester National Trust Volunteers

Join Chester National Trust Volunteers for a day. CNTV do voluntary work at NT sites across Cheshire, Marches, Wirral - two days per fortnight. Tuesday & Thursday groups. Previous experience unnecessary, job for everyone, Tools provided, friendly welcome. Contact Brian Payne

Lake District National Park Authority

We offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities in the Lake District National Park - leading walks, conservation work parties, supporting visitors, archaeological surveys and much more. To find out what we're looking for right now, check out our website or give us a call on 01539 792606.

Manchester National Trust Volunteers

We work on Sundays at National Trust sites mainly across the North West undertaking rhododendron bashing, fence construction, pond clearance, footpath maintenance, hedge laying etc. No previous experience is necessary; just enthusiasm and a willingness to get your hands dirty. Contact us:

Restoring Hardknott Forest

We are restoring a former conifer planatation to native oak and birch woodland. Work involves removal of non-native trees and planting of native species such as oak and aspen. Tools and training provided. Some other tasks such as monitoring may be involved.

The National Trust in the North West

The National Trust has a variety of roles in wardening, footpath work, conservation and learning projects across various places in the North West. Help us to care for some of Britain’s most stunning and vulnerable landscapes. To find out more, please visit the website

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

has lots of opportunities to get involved with our work including practical conservation, assisting with education sessions and visitor engagement.  We’ll help to find the right opportunity for you, please contact Catherine Haddon at 01772 318374 /

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