Volunteering Opportunities

Tree Wardens

The National Grid Tree Warden scheme provides an excellent opportunity for people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods. Tree Wardens are volunteers who gather information about their local trees, get involved in local tree matters and encourage local practical projects to do with trees and woods.

They can often identify tree problems before Council officials and can therefore provide a vital service by informing local authorities of tree diseases, infringements of Tree Preservation Orders and planning consents which require trees to be retained. Tree Wardens become aware of tree vandalism and can help repair damage on a small scale. They also look out for trees which are showing signs of ill health or becoming dangerous through decay.

Since the Scheme’s launch in September 1990, the Tree Council has been working closely with local authorities to set up Tree Warden Networks throughout the UK. By the end of 2000, there were over 7,000 Tree Wardens. Many parishes in the Shropshire Hills are currently without a Tree Warden and we are on the lookout for people who might be interested in taking on this role.

If you would like to become involved or need more information, please contact Cath Landles on 01588 674084 or email cath.landles@shropshire.gov.uk

Community Wildlife Groups

Community Wildlife Groups bring together people interested in wildlife, encourage and enhance local interest, carry out surveys to establish the status of key birds and other animals, plants and habitats, and actively promote conservation. There are 6 Community Wildlife groups (listed below) which between them cover most of the Shropshire Hills:

The National Trust

There are several opportunities for volunteering with the National Trust at Carding Mill Valley, Church Stretton. For more information, contact Emily Knight, Visitor Experience & Conservation Manager on 01694 725001 or email emily.knight@nationaltrust.org.ukShropshire Wildlife Trust Logo

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

There are various opportunities for volunteers – from data handling, running a Wildlife Watch group, to practical work on the Reserves.
Visit www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk for further information.

Natural England

Natural England are responsible for the National Nature Reserve at the Stiperstones and Downton Gorge. Contact 01743 792294 for volunteering opportunities or visit their website for more information.

Caring for Craven Arms (CAVE)

This is a volunteer group who look after the countryside in and around Craven Arms. CAVE is also looking to set up a group to look after the footpaths arround the town, learn how to make an install stiles and gate, and keep the paths clear of vegetation.

For more information on joining CAVE please contact Merinda Essex on 07870 135852.

Parish Paths Partnership (P3)

Parish Paths Partnership is a county-wide scheme to help look after Shropshire’s footpath and bridleway network.

Shropshire Geological Society

Visit www.shropshiregeology.org.uk for further information

Caring for God’s Acre

Hope Bagot raking - Caring for God's AcreCaring for God’s Acre is a charity dedicated to the conservation of churchyards and burial grounds. The Churchyard Task Team is a group of enthusiastic volunteers who go out each week to carry out practical conservation tasks in some of the most beautiful and peaceful churchyards across Shropshire and neighbouring counties. Dry stone walling, scything, raking, bramble bashing, pruning and building compost bins are just a few of the tasks they carry out. No experience is necessary as training is provided. Tools are supplied. For further information, please contact Colin Cummings, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Caring for God’s Acre on 01588 673041 or visit their website at www.cfga.org.uk