>> Joanna Yellen: I've been volunteering here at Spud Wood since about 2011. I started off just getting involved with doing some coppicing and then it's grown from there. I think the best thing about volunteering with the Woodland Trust is just how they let me get involved and take control of things and we can, you know, make things happen quite quickly, and it's just really nice to feel some ownership, or that you can make a change in the wood locally.   

>> Alison StewartI took up this volunteering role just over a year ago. I had really wanted to get involved in some conservation volunteering activities and this particular role of woodland under threat volunteer is something that I could do from home and it would use some of my skills from a previous working life and would just give me a little bit of intellectual challenge I suppose.

>>Jon LeachWe help with events. The very first event that Hazel got us involved with was the Easter trail and we really enjoyed that and did it again this year. We've really enjoyed seeing the children enjoy themselves and come back and tell us what a great time they’ve had. 

>>Wendy LeachIt was good seeing families enjoy the wood in that way, because we’d only been here on our own before that really. 

>>Liz RamseyI think the Woodland Trust really appreciate their volunteers.  I think you get excellent training - particularly with Observatree which is good and it's very interesting. You meet other people, which is great, even if it's sort of online. You know you’ve got a network of people who you probably wouldn't normally be corresponding with, you're learning new skills and you just feel like you're contributing you know, making a difference to the environment even in a small way. 

>>Lionel Knobbs: So when you meet people and introduce yourself, there's always an opportunity for a subliminal message you know about different activities and perhaps some of the future planning the Trust has here you know. I take great delight in that, meeting people and meeting the public, educating them you know so every opportunity I get I'm selling the fantastic work of the Woodland Trust.

>>JuliaI've been volunteering here at Fingle for about four and a half years. I just love to see the improvements that have been made here. 

>>JuliaI've been involved for about a year and a half and it's been a fantastic way to get to know different people. 

>>BeverleyJust being in this beautiful, magical environment: the pathways and the tracks and trails you can just get lost in. It's so therapeutic and that's why I do it really, to try and help protect this place and look after it, monitor it...and I will always do it, as long as I can walk. 

>>Jon LeachWe have a great laugh when we're doing anything - even when we're cutting down the dying trees! 

>>Wendy LeachAnd it's nice to feel that you're doing something productive. When you come to a place often and you really enjoy it, being able to contribute to its wellbeing is a nice thing to feel.  

>> Alison StewartI think these particular roles are very important in actually raising the profile of the Woodland Trust with planning officers and I think if we can get enough volunteers to continue to put pressure on, it makes them realise the importance of woodlands and that there are people out there who are actually monitoring what they're doing. 

>> Lionel KnobbsI think the Woodland Trust make it easy for me as a volunteer here and I think that's really, really important. The staff at the Woodland Trust are absolutely fantastic - they make my job as a volunteer easy - they make it enjoyable for me. 

>>Joanna YellenThe volunteering I've been doing here is an important part in my life and it has changed my outlook on things because it's given me something to do that's practical and also gives me a reason to interact with some people I wouldn't normally meet. 

>>JuliaEverybody has lots of knowledge...so every time I go out I just learn something new, about plants or butterflies or lichens. But amazing surroundings as well - a beautiful place to be. 

>>JuliaIt's a fantastic place - really lovely. 

>>BeverleyIt's made a difference to me in that I actually feel as if I'm doing something positive to help look after the place. And that in itself is really uplifting.

As a result of the national lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have temporarily closed the application process for all volunteer opportunities. These will be reopened once normal service resumes, so please check back again soon.

people volunteer with us across the UK
hours were contributed by volunteers in 2018
value of volunteers' contributions last year

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Volunteering matters

Across the UK, volunteers carry out a huge variety of roles to help plant and protect woods and trees.

They spot threatened woods that need our help, spread the word about the value of woods and trees, carry out practical tasks on site and much, much more. We are grateful to every one of them.

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How you can help

We welcome every volunteer, whatever your skills or background, however much time you can give.

From looking for signs of tree disease to writing for our website, you can make a difference.

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It's a two way thing

Every volunteer has a volunteer manager, an outline of the task and a risk assessment where needed.

We cover expenses and run a useful online communication platform just for volunteers.

We listen to your feedback. 

You meet new people and learn new skills.

We even hold an annual awards ceremony to recognise volunteers’ huge contribution to our achievements.