Get involved

Volunteer days are restarting in April for groups of up to six people. Please contact us or sign up the the newsletter to be kept up to date. We will send out more detailed information to anyone interested in volunteering with us.

Contact us if you are interested in making a group booking.

For our June dates we are trialling an online booking system. To book on to Sunday 13th June, use this link:

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers help with practical ecological restoration, monitoring and research. Local residents, children from local schools, volunteers from the University of Leeds, and the John Muir Trust have contributed hundreds of days of volunteer work.

Volunteer days are open to all and are a great opportunity to socialise and to learn about forest restoration, as well as contribute to creating more native woodland in Cumbria. Tasks include removing non-native trees, planting native trees, collecting and propagating seeds, and the protection and maintenance of native trees.

Regular volunteer days

Our regular volunteer days are the second Sunday and fourth Tuesday of each month (excluding July and August). Other days are added to meet demand. Days can be cancelled due to bad weather, so please get in touch before attending.

Times: Days run from 9.30am to about 3.30pm.

What to bring: Please bring lunch, a drink and suitable footwear and clothing. Tools and work gloves are provided.

Where to meet: We meet at the Forestry England Hardknott Car Park (Landranger Map 96. Grid ref: SD234 995). The car park is on the minor road just south of Cockley Bridge and north of Seathwaite.

Residential weekends

We also run regular residential weekends where you can come and join us for two days of forest restoration activities. Even more time to enjoy the local scenery, wildlife and a well earned pub dinner!

Weekend dates 2021: We hope to be able to start running weekends again later in 2021. Please sign up to our newsletter to keep informed.

We stay in the Wallabarrow Bunkhouse. The evening meal is in the Newfield Inn, a wonderful 10 min walk through the woods. Book now by getting in touch with John.

Don’t delay – these weekends are popular and get booked up fast!

What else do we do?

Do you work at a school, youth club? Have a group of friends of colleagues who’d be interested in getting involved? We can organise days for schools, community groups, workplaces and special interest groups. Please contact us for more information.