Volunteering Opportunities

We want to improve natural habitats for wildlife, with your help.

We are a small charity with one part time member of staff, so volunteers play a very important role, enabling us to achieve our goals.

We have an exciting range of planned projects coming up.

Please help us to

  • Nurture a traditional orchard and meadow in a disused field next to Home Farm.
  • Plant William Robinson’s favourite ‘eye catcher’ trees along the drive.
  • Plant Douglas fir and western red cedar trees in Bushy Wood for carbon sequestration and future income
  • Restore native hedgerows for wildlife
  • Improve paths and facilities for visitors to the Estate
  • Build ‘dead hedges’ and wildlife habitats

The Charity provides bespoke volunteering sessions for school groups, community organisations and corporates wanting to ‘give back’, as well as monthly weekend sessions.

Please see our diary of events and contact us if you are interested. Whatever your age and level of fitness, we would like to see you. We meet at Home Farm, in the middle of the estate, where we have a composting toilet and a barn for storing our tools and kit.

What to expect – we provide drinks and snacks and a convivial atmosphere where you can get to know new people who share an interest in helping wildlife. We do not expect volunteers to stay for the whole of our sessions, people are free to come and go and to take a rest when they need one. We always have a First Aider on hand and provide a Health & Safety briefing.

“I am new to the area and have really enjoyed getting to know people at the Charity’s weekend sessions. Gravetye’s woods are a lovely place to unwind and to enjoy nature. Seeing a kingfisher was the icing on the cake when we were planting bulbs near Lower Lake”.

Activities will be focused near our lake and woodland trail and include:

  • Creating habitat for a wide range of species

  • Planting trees and creating wildflower areas

  • Ecological surveying and monitoring

  • Improving access for visitors

  • Enhancing the visual beauty of the estate whilst still keeping it wild for nature

We are keen to work with children and young people so that we can inspire them about the importance of wildlife and the environment. But we are also interested in building partnerships with companies that are developing Corporate Social Responsibility away-days for their staff.

We have thousands of trees to plant over the next two years.

If you are interested in finding out more about how we can work together, please email volunteering@wrgc.org.uk or ring 07934 527231.

Volunteering days start around 10.00 am and finish late afternoon, but we can be flexible around your journey time. Tools and training are provided as well as a health and safety briefing.