Register to volunteer at Chobham or Ockham & Wisley Commons

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Volunteer taster sessions

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Go wild for the weekend!

Would you like to get stuck into to some outdoor conservation and spend the day in beautiful surroundings?

If that sounds like you come along and join us for a weekend practical taster day at Chobham Common or Wisley & Ockham Common, helping to maintain our globally rare lowland heathland.


About our taster sessions

All sessions are led by an experienced staff member or volunteer, so you don’t need to be an expert to get involved. Most work is carried out with hand tools and the Trust provides all equipment required. All you'll need are old clothes that are appropriate for the weather, sturdy boots and a packed lunch.

If you decide you'd like to volunteer again, we hold our weekend volunteering days once a month (from September to end of February).



With so much to get involved in we’re sure we’ve got something for you:

  • Managing rare heathland habitat;

  • Scrub clearance to improve heathland for wildlife

  • Maintaining ponds by removing overgrown vegetation
  • Woodland management such as coppicing, hedgelaying and tree planting
  • Removal of problem species like rhododendron
  • Path and access improvements, creating boardwalks and repairing fences
  • Setting up grazing compartments to enable our livestock to graze the nature reserve

Whatever you decide to do you’ll be part of a fantastic team of volunteers helping to protect amazing wildlife in Surrey.


Join a taster session

To register your interest in volunteering  at one of our taster sessions on Chobham Common or Wisley & Ockham Commons, please complete our online registration form below. We will then contact you further to get you started.

Please note that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult when they volunteer. 16/17 year olds can volunteer unaccompanied, but they must present a completed parental/guardian consent form before they start volunteering. Please find the downloadable form at bottom of this page.

Registration form

Which nature reserve would you like to volunteer on?
When are you available to volunteer?
Do you have transport?
Do you have any illnesses or disabilities that you'd like to bring to our attention?
Are you a member of Surrey Wildlife Trust?
Your details will be held on the Surrey Wildlife Trust database and will be used for the purpose of supporting you as an SWT volunteer. You will receive quarterly e-newsletters, annual social invites and other communications to keep you up to date with volunteering. If you provide an email address, these will be emailed to you. We never pass your details to third parties.
I would like to join Surrey Wildlife Trust's volunteer email list to receive weekly updates on practical conservation days (if ticked practical conservation as an option)
I am happy to receive Surrey Wildlife Trust's monthly e-newsletter, as well as information about membership and fundraising via email.

Volunteering Parent Consent Form