Practical Work Days & Conservation Work Tasks

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

Events happening 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).

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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

Canal & River Trust

Life is better by water - help us look after our wonderful waterways, and inspire others. With roles nationwide from fixing towpaths to moving workboats, helping boats through locks to engaging museum visitors, and cataloguing canal heritage to planning their future, there's bound to be something rewarding for you

Conservation Volunteers Australia

has programs Australia-wide, every week of the year! Join us for tree planting, wildlife recovery, walking tracks, weed control, seed collection etc. Coastal areas, deserts, National Parks, World Heritage areas - we go to the best places!


Whether you are interested as an individual or a business, volunteering is a great way to boost your skills at the same time as making a real difference to communities.

Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle

Practical volunteering sessions are available across South Tyneside and Newcastle. Come and help out in green spaces and renowned local sites by taking part in activities ranging from conservation, environmental improvement, horticulture to visitor services. Training, support and refreshments are provided at all sessions. Find out more at

Inland Waterways Association (IWA)

leads campaigns to conserve, maintain and restore Britain’s waterways network. IWA works with various organisations to keep all our waterways alive. There are a huge number of opportunities to get involved with IWA’s work including practical cleanup the canal work parties and committee positions, visit the website for more information.

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.

Natural England

involves around 2000 volunteers in a wide variety of roles from scientific surveying to enthusing visitors on National Nature Reserves, from education and outreach to practical habitat management. We can also offer corporate volunteering tasks on some of our National Nature Reserves giving employers and their staff the opportunity to try team building with a difference. Contact

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

Anyone can volunteer with Northumberland Wildlife Trust! Whether you are happy to get your hands dirty creating and maintaining habitats on our reserves, enjoy helping out at events, or want to join in with our EcoBuild project at Hauxley, we have a volunteering opportunity for you! Look at our website to find out how you can join in.

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 British Dragonfly Society (BDS)

is a volunteer-led society with over 1700 members, which aims to promote and support the conservation of dragonflies and their wetland habitats. Visit the website for information of dragonflies and their habitats, as well as volunteer opportunities in outreach, recording and practical habitat management.

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)

is a national community volunteering charity whose vision is to create happier, healthier communities. We work with people, communities and partners to deliver practical actions that have an impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

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.

Waterway Recovery Group

helps restore the derelict canals of England and Wales by volunteering with WRG. Weekend and weeklong volunteering - heritage skills, lock restoration, machine operation and vegetation clearance work. Costs £10 per day includes food & accommodation. More details contact us on 01494 783 453 or go to our website

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust

is a fantastic education charity based on a working farm in Sheffield. We are always looking for volunteers. Check out our website for more details

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF UK)

 is all about helping out on organic farms in return for food, accommodation & knowledge exchange. It’s a great way to meet likeminded souls, reconnect with the earth & learn about farming, animal husbandry & more sustainable ways of living

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

has a wide range of volunteer roles available across Yorkshire, including a regular programme of Practical Conservation Task Days, and a number of traineeships. Please email for more information or check out our webpages.