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.

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

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.

Ewelme Watercress Beds Local Nature Reserve

A wide variety including maintenance of the cress beds, grass mowing, education team duties and helping on guided walks and open days.

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.

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 various practical woodland management tasks plus wildlife surveys at Volunteer Conservation Days at Hazel Hill Wood, near Salisbury, Wiltshire. Tasks include ride and glade maintenance, caring for planted trees and hedgelaying. Opportunity to take on more responsibility as an Assistant Conservation Volunteer Leader.

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.

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 -

The Downlands and Lower Mole Partnerships offer a wide range of practical seasonal conservation volunteering opportunities throughout the year across North and NE Surrey, Croydon and Sutton. Find out more and view the latest task programmes online or enquire by email

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.

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

WCCP manages chalk grassland, wetland and shingle habitats and the award winning Samphire Hoe. We have over 200 volunteer tasks throughout the year, but also have volunteer positions doing livestock lookering, site wardens, office volunteers and guided walk & family activity leaders. Contact Sue Bradford: 01304 241806.

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

We manage chalk grassland, wetland and shingle habitats and the award winning Samphire Hoe in Dover, Folkestone & Romney Marsh districts. We have over 300 conservation volunteer tasks throughout the year, as well as livestock lookering, site wardens, guided walk & family activity leaders and office volunteer positions.