Practical Workdays: South

cliffs at Beachy Head (image: Graham Hobster / 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 South of England: this area covers Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Isle of Wight.


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

Belhus Woods Country Park

has over 300 acres in South Essex with a variety of habitats. Volunteer workdays every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am with different tasks, such as coppicing, wildlife gardening and creating habitats. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and safety boots. Parking and hot drinks provided.

Brighton Permaculture Trust

We are a Sussex Green Charity focusing on Permaculture Education and have weekly opportunities to help out in orchards/our Permaculture plot, courses and with courses and events. For more information please check out our list of current opportunities here:


- a group of volunteers who undertake a range of nature conservation tasks every Sunday in various reserves within a 20 mile radius of Chichester area for several organisations including Sussex Wildlife Trust, the National Trust and the Murray Downland Trust. See

Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

Join a group with over 50 years experience of access and conservation work in the Cotswolds. There are opportunities to suit a variety of interests from dry stone walling and installing gates to leading a guided walk, patrolling parish paths or working with schools.

For further details go to

Earth Trust

is an environmental learning charity based in South Oxfordshire. We have volunteering opportunities in: • Conservation and Land Management • Environmental Education • Heritage Skills • Ecological Research • Communications, Publicity and Media • Database management • Fundraising • Admin and Office work. Interested? Email


is an environmental education charity based in London, working with schools and community groups to help people reduce their impact on the environment. If you’re interested in a career in environmental education, or just want to support our sustainability work in the community, why not volunteer with us?

Essex Wildlife Trust

is the County's leading conservation organisation. We have 87 nature reserves and 11 visitor centres and need help from volunteers on most of these sites. We have opportunities to help with work days, educational activities, visitor outreach and surveys across Essex.

Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve

Activities include invasive species control, coppicing, live and dead hedging, path/steps, glade management, wildlife surveys. Work parties held 2nd Saturday of each month,11.00am to 3.00pm. Meet at Beadnell Road entrance – wear old clothes and sturdy boots. Bring refreshments & gardening gloves (but gloves can be provided). All tools provided.

Friends of Northaw Great Wood

Activities include coppicing, shrub clearance, path/glade management, wildlife surveys. Work parties held every Friday and 1st Sunday each month, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Meet in the car park – wear old clothes and sturdy boots. Bring refreshments & gardening gloves (but gloves can be provided). All tools provided.

Gatton Park

is a beautiful 'Capability' Brown parkland in Reigate, Surrey. Gatton Trust Volunteers help with all aspects of running the estate from practical work to helping in the office. Get involved and contribute to restoration work, outdoor education or our exciting programme of events. Email or visit the website

Hampshire Conservation Volunteers

We work at weekends on a wide variety of sites. Spring and summer are for construction of paths, boardwalks, gates and fences, while autumn may include some pond maintenance. Winter tasks include coppicing, hedgelaying and scrub-bashing, usually with a roaring bonfire.

Hampshire Countryside Service

The Central Countryside Sites Team are looking for volunteers to take part in work days and/or placements throughout the year on a regular weekly basis. You will be supporting the site rangers to help manage a variety of sites and habitats throughout Hampshire between Stockbridge and Petersfield.

Harrow Nature Conservation Forum

Help with various jobs from the major, such as felling trees to create grassland rides, to jobs as simple as cutting back bramble from paths or picking up litter. All are useful in keeping the reserves attractive to both wildlife and people. You get some gentle exercise in pleasant surroundings.

Hazel Hill Wood

Gain experience in practical woodland management and site maintenance tasks plus wildlife surveys at Hazel Hill Wood, near Salisbury, Wiltshire. Tasks include scything and raking to manage paths, rides and glades, restocking firewood and hedgelaying.

Kent Wildlife Trust

is the leading conservation charity for the county of Kent. We engage with landowners and communities so we can all work together to protect wildlife. Volunteers help us by working on our nature reserves, engaging visitors and conducting surveys for wildlife.

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

is a statutory body responsible for managing and developing the 26-mile-long, 10,000-acre linear regional park which serves London, Hertfordshire and Essex. Lee Valley Regional Park Authority has a fantastic band of volunteers who get involved in countryside management activities throughout the park’s open spaces.

London Wildlife Trust

has 36 nature reserves across London and a range of volunteering roles in practical conservation and engaging people with nature. We couldn't do our work without our fantastic volunteers. Please contact for more info.

New Forest National Park Authority

New Forest National Park Authority - Landscape Partnership Scheme is being led by the New Forest National Park Authority and we are seeking volunteers to help us champion and care for the New Forest. For more information about our 21 projects and many volunteering and training opportunities please contact Richard Austin

River Thame Conservation Trust

We’re an environmental charity dedicated to improving the River Thame Catchment for wildlife and we’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers to help out with a range of activities including: Riverfly, water quality, wetland birds and non-native plant surveys, and habitat improvement and invasive species control work parties.

Surrey Countryside Partnerships -

Our Downlands and Lower Mole Partnerships offer a wide range of practical seasonal conservation volunteering opportunities throughout the year across North and NE Surrey, Croydon, Kingston and Sutton.

Find out more/view the latest task info online or email the team:

Sussex Wildlife Trust

- volunteer with us and make a difference. Sussex Wildlife Trust aims to help people enjoy, understand and take action to conserve the wildlife and landscape of Sussex. We have volunteering opportunities for people 12 years and above, across the county. So whether you want to do something practical, nurture the next generation in nature, or have a skill to give please contact us.

The Wildlife For All Trust

is a pioneering environmental charity with reserves in the UK and Africa. We have a unique, deeper approach to conservation which consistently produces positive results. We train our staff to be the best they can be. If you want to make a difference, contact us via

Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital

Volunteer as a wildlife Rescuer; Ambulance driver; baby mammal Fosterer; or on-site Husbandry with Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital. For driving roles you need your own transport, be 21+, reasonably fit and willing to catch/transport wildlife (full training/equipment provided). Fosterers need to be available throughout the day. See website for full requirements.

Waverley Borough Council

We run practical countryside volunteer sessions in south west Surrey. Tasks include clearing scrub, cutting back paths, removing invasive species, fencing, planting trees and installing benches. Our groups are friendly and welcoming, and you will keep fit, get some fresh air, and meet like-minded people.
For more information go to

West Wickham Commons

Activities include hedgelaying, coppicing and conservation tasks at Spring Park and West Wickham Common, two nature-rich open spaces on the edge of Croydon and Bromley. Volunteer workdays 10am-3pm on the last Friday of each month either at Spring Park or West Wickham Common. Hot drinks and all equipment provided.

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Join our volunteers to help manage chalk grassland, wetland and shingle habitats from Dover Districts to Romney Marsh and the award winning Samphire Hoe. We have daily volunteer tasks throughout the year, but also volunteer positions doing livestock lookering, site rangers, office volunteers, wildlife surveys and event helpers. Contact:

Built by Jack Barber in Whitby, North Yorkshire. Visit Herbal Apothecary for herbal practitioner supplies, Sweet Cecily's for natural skincare, BeeVital for propolis health supplements and Future Health Store for whole foods, health supplements, natural & ethical gifts.