Overview

Location: Woods around Runcorn, North of England.

Time: Approx. one day per month.

About the Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is one of the UK’s leading conservation charities. We have over 500,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 sites all over the UK.

We believe life’s better with trees. We protect and campaign on behalf of the UK’s woods, plant more trees, and restore ancient woodland, for the benefit of wildlife and people.

The role

Do you live near Runcorn and would like to help with some practical tasks at some wonderful sites?

This volunteer role involves supporting the practical work in Woodland Trust woods around Runcorn. These comprise a total of 17 woods, namely: Beech Wood, Clough Wood, The Gorse, Stockham Wood, Railway Plantation, Murdishaw Woods, Haddocks Wood, Big Wood, Fountains Wood, Windmill Hill Wood, St Bertelines Wood, Lodge Plantation, Green Wood, Windy Willow Wood, Sandymoor Wood, Brook Wood and Bog Wood.

These are all quite small urban woodlands around the Runcorn area. Beech Wood and Clough Wood are two of a series of steep sided incised wooded cloughs that run into the River Weaver, and along with The Gorse, Stockham Wood, Murdishaw Woods and Railway Plantation, these woodlands provide an oasis of nature on southern outskirts of Runcorn. Haddocks Wood, Windmill Hill Wood, Fountains Wood, Big Wood, Lodge Plantation, and Green Wood were once part of the Norton Priory estate and are important places for people to visit and wildlife in a heavily built up area. Brook Wood, Bog Wood, Sandymoor Wood and Windy Willow Wood are located in the Sandymoor Valley, an area that is being rapidly developed for new housing.

Would suit applicants who live within approximately 30 minutes of Runcorn.

Key activities

  • Make appropriate decisions regarding activities and safety on the day. Only carry out tasks, as agreed with the woodland working group leader or site manager.
  • Take responsibility for maintaining a safe working environment for the group and the general public.
  • Adherence to safeguarding policies, procedures and guidelines is an essential part of this role and you must report any safeguarding concerns immediately in line with the Safeguarding for Volunteers Policy, which can be found on Whittle. 
  • Adherence to our Volunteer Charter, policies, procedures and guidelines, which can be found on Whittle, your dedicated volunteering website. 
  • Help to ensure the safety, maintenance, storage and transportation of tools and equipment.
  • It is important to take direction from your woodland working group leader or site manager.
  • Liaise regularly with the working group leader including reporting any issues, additional equipment, training needs or concerns.
  • Undertake appropriate and ongoing training as detailed by the woodland working group leader or site manager and within the risk assessment.

Experience required

  • Outdoor working experience useful though not essential.
  • A sensible regard for health and safety.
  • Genuine interest in conservation and woodlands.
  • The ability to work within a group of people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Reasonable level of fitness and stamina.
  • An affinity with, and commitment to, the aims of the Woodland Trust.

Expenses

Expenses will be reimbursed for return journeys from home, based on public transport cost or mileage at standard rates for the Woodland Trust. Other expenses must be agreed in advance with your volunteer manager.

Apply for this role

Are you interested in this role? Please complete the volunteer application form and return it by email to: 

volunteering@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Or sent it by post to:

National Volunteering Team
Woodland Trust
Kempton Way
Grantham
Lincolnshire NG31 6LL