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You’ll love the feeling you get from making a difference to green spaces!

Volunteering is a great way to build your confidence and skills, meet new people and improve the natural environment. We welcome everyone to try volunteering with us, regardless of previous experience.

We aim to make the best use of your time and energy to improve the natural environment for everyone to enjoy.

What you can do

There are new ways to get involved all the time, from practical conservation tasks to learning and public awareness about the natural world.

Some of our green spaces support regular programmes whilst others offer flexible and short-term opportunities. You can choose a site that’s local to you to see what’s on offer or take a look at our case studies below for our newest opportunities.

If you have an idea of how you’d like to help, but can’t find anything that matches here, contact our volunteer development officer with your thoughts.

Opportunities

If you'd like to volunteer at one of our green spaces but don't know which one, have a look at our map below.

If you know which space you'd like to volunteer in, see the dedicated volunteering pages below and find details on specific opportunities in that location:

Current roles

We're looking for people to help with some of our green space projects. Have a look at what you can do to help:

Queen’s Park and Hampstead Heath – Playing Wild

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    Our Playing Wild Volunteers helping children learn about wildlife in Queen's Park.

    One of our Playing Wild project staff teaching children at Hampstead Heath

What you'll be doing

Playing Wild volunteers help children under 5 years-old and their parents build the confidence to play in natural areas. They help to plan and deliver creative exploration sessions each month at Queen’s Park and Hampstead Heath.

'I grew up close to Hampstead Heath and was keen to get to know it in a different way. Volunteering gave me the opportunity to introduce the next generation to the magic of the natural world, which I think is really important.’

- Alice, Playing Wild Volunteer

What we'd like from you

We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • enthusiastic and creative
  • passionate about working with children and the natural world
  • flexible and creative in their approach
  • ideally experienced at working with young children; but training will be given

How you can apply

If you'd like to help on this project, have a look at our Queen's Park volunteering page or our Hampstead Heath volunteering page.

West Ham Park – Wild Schools

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    Anurag, one of our Wild Schools volunteers, helping children learn about dendrology at West Ham Park.
    Anurag teaching children about trees in West Ham Park

What you'll be doing

Wild Schools volunteers support schoolchildren to take part in outdoor education at West Ham Park. They lead small groups through activities that get them exploring the park and learning curriculum subjects at the same time.

‘I love the outdoors in all seasons and seeing the joy in children’s faces, having fun and learning. I am planning to become a Science teacher, so this is a great opportunity for me to find out the best way to approach children and what style of learning excites them.'

- Anurag, a Wild Schools Volunteer

What we'd like from you

We are looking for volunteers who:

  • enjoy working with children aged between 5 and 11
  • understand that learners have differing needs
  • are comfortable being outdoors
  • relish hands-on tasks which bring learning to life

How you can apply

If you'd like to help on this project, have a look at our West Ham Park volunteering page.

Wanstead Flats and West Ham Park – Wild East

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    A volunteer-run pop-up information stand at Wanstead Flats to help people learn about the area.
    ​Children learning about Wanstead Flats at one of our Wild East pop-ups

What you'll be doing

Wild East volunteers help weekday and weekend visitors to Wanstead Flats and West Ham Park understand the wildlife and heritage of green spaces using a tricycle packed full with fun activities, props and information.

‘It's my privilege and honour to be part of such a wonderful organisation which is working for the local community to preserve some of rare species such as the sky lark and many others. I gained lots information about plants as well such as the ginkgo.’

- Tahir, a Wild East Volunteer

What we'd like from you

We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • friendly and outgoing
  • comfortable approaching or being approached by people
  • comfortable starting up conversation with people
  • curious about the natural world and local history

How you can apply

If you'd like to help on this project, have a look at our Epping Forest volunteering page.


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