Volunteering

Ways to Help the Mendip Hills AONB

There are lots of ways you can get involved in looking after this beautiful area. You could help at our practical tasks or sign up to be a Volunteer Ranger and then get involved in a wide range of events and activities.

Current volunteering opportunities are outlined below. If there is nothing suitable for you at the moment why not sign up to our newsletter to hear about new volunteering opportunities and get other news about the AONB.

If you would like further details regarding volunteering please email Lauren Holt, Ranger Volunteer Coordinator or phone 01761 462338.

AONB Practical Task Volunteers

Our practical task volunteers carry out conservation tasks throughout the Mendip Hills AONB. No experience necessary, all instruction and tools supplied. Tasks are scheduled fortnightly on Wednesdays, 10.00am – 3.00pm. New volunteers are always welcome with a smile and tea & biscuits!

July – September Task Programm(PDF Download 2MB)
October – December Task Programme (PDF Download 2MB)

Tasks are also listed on our events calendar here. Booking is essential to ensure we have the right amount of equipment and can contact volunteers with the latest information.

AONB Volunteer Rangers

Our Volunteer Rangers provide a visible presence in the Mendip Hills AONB, to assist the AONB Unit in conserving, enhancing and promoting the appropriate use and enjoyment of the area. They provide a point of contact for visitors out on the ground and report back any issues to the AONB Unit.

If you would like to register your interest to attend the Volunteer Ranger Open Evening please email Lauren Holt, Ranger Volunteer Coordinator.

 

AONB Guided Walks

As a Volunteer Ranger you’ll get the opportunity to be part of our guided walks programme. Our guided walks promote greater understanding of the landscapes, wildlife and heritage of the AONB. Some walks may be led by specialists but they’ll always have our Volunteer rangers on hand because of their training and experience.

 

 

AONB Specialist Volunteers

We have a number of opportunities for specialist volunteers. If you think you may be able to help the AONB Unit in any capacity please contact us.

Corporate Volunteering

We offer a number of corporate volunteering opportunities to help develop communication skills, boost employee wellbeing and improve team working.  For further details see here. If you would like to discuss a package please contact Lauren Holt, Ranger Volunteer Coordinator.

Hours Contributed

2018-19

Volunteer Rangers –  1,408
Practical Tasks Volunteers – 1,775.5
Volunteer Young Ranger Assistant – 115
Other groups/Individuals – 1,516

2017-18

Volunteer Rangers –  1,022
Practical Tasks Volunteers – 1,161
Volunteer Young Ranger Assistant – 123
Other groups/Individuals – 1,214

Not sure whether to volunteer, here’s some advice from a current member of the team

Finding some spare time on my hands, I wanted to do something worthwhile, something exciting, something I had never done before. Having been an “office waller” all my working life, I decided the great outdoors was where I should go next. Just to see. I have always loved walking, and am passionate about living in Somerset, so the Mendip AONB seemed a good place to start.

My first foray into volunteering ended up being to help to build a dry stone wall on one of the reserves near Cheddar, the site of a Roman lead works. I prepared everything the day before, clothe, lunch, the all important flask of tea. I couldn’t believe my luck when the day dawned, the sun rising high in the sky, and absolute perfect summer day.

The group were really welcoming, and I learned a lot that day; about dry stone walling, Roman ruins, teamwork and quite a bit about myself too. My career had tied me to a laptop for hours a day; I found I absolutely loved doing practical things, being outdoors, learning new skills, and I was just about passable at it. The group leaders were very knowledgeable about the site, which I didn’t even know existed, despite living in Somerset most of my adult life.

So to anyone thinking about joining Mendip AONB as a volunteer, I would say take a leaf from the Nike book, just do it!
Fi, Mendip Hills Volunteer

If you are aged 18 or over and think you might be interested in one of the above volunteering roles simply email us Contact Us or fill out an Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form