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Practical Work Parties

Work parties make a vital contribution to managing our sites across the county. The emphasis is being out in the fresh air and getting the job done, while working with a team of people from a diverse range of backgrounds.


After commuting to offices all my working life, it’s a pleasure to be able to work outside locally, in good company

There's nothing better than working in the great outdoors with a group of like minded people, especially in some of the most picturesque areas of Surrey.

Whether you want to learn some traditional countryside skills, like coppicing or fencing, or just want to get out in the fresh air and burn up some energy through scrub clearance or pulling up invasive plants like balsam or ragwort, our practical conservation programme offers something for everyone.

All sessions are led by Volunteer Leaders or experienced volunteers, so you don’t need to be an expert to get involved. Surrey Wildlife Trust provide all tools and equipment, and will also keep you topped up with refreshments and biscuits!

Work parties usually run from 10am until late afternoon, with regular rest breaks and time for lunch.   

For a list of sites take a look at our reserves page

How it works

Weekday Work Parties

On most days, volunteers make their own way to site and meet at 10am, or, on Wednesdays, volunteers in the east of the county meet at the Bothy (off Farm Lane on Norbury Park  RH5 6DN) at 9.15am for a lift by minibus.

Weekend Groups

Volunteers will need to make their way direct to the site as the minibus does not run. 

What you'll need

Come prepared for the outdoors, wearing old clothes, sturdy boots and waterproofs. You’ll also need to bring a packed lunch and plenty of water. We’ll provide all the tools, gloves and safety equipment and every group is led by a first aider.

With over 80 sites across the county there could be a volunteer group near you that needs a helping hand.

For a list of work parties, please download our volunteer work party calendar on the side bar, or see the 'What's On' volunteer events section of the website.

Get started!

To start volunteering please complete our online registration form below. You will then be sent a confirmation email and further guidance to get you started as a volunteer. In some cases we may ask to meet potential volunteers for an informal face-to-face chat, during which both parties can discuss their expectations and availability.

If you are under the age of 16 you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 16/17 year olds must also present a completed parental/guardian consent form before they start volunteering. Please find the downloadable form at the side of the page. 


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Practical Conservation Day Programme Jan-March 2018.pdf178.51 KB
Surrey Wildlife Trust Parent/Guardian Consent Form.pdf119.36 KB
Surrey Wildlife Trust Volunteer Handbook.pdf971.37 KB
Surrey Wildlife Trust Problem Solving Procedure.pdf129.77 KB