Newark and Sherwood District offer conservation volunteering opportunities at four country parks and woods:
- Sconce and Devon Park in Newark
- Vicar Water Country Park in Clipstone
- Sherwood Heath near Ollerton
- Intake Wood in Clipstone
Their park rangers, George and Matt, work with volunteers each week and there are opportunities for anyone who wishes to get involved on a regular basis. In addition, volunteers are always welcome to go along whenever they have time or for one-off special projects. Additional help is always very welcome. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm! They offer opportunities to Duke of Edinburgh students and support anyone wishing to learn new skills.
Tasks will vary from scrub bashing, fencing, visitor surveys, repairing footpaths, woodland thinning and habitat building, removing invasive species, wildlife monitoring, litter-picking and tree / hedge planting. There is something for everyone!.
Full training and tools will be provided but please bring suitable old outdoor clothing and stout footwear. Any hours and days that you can spare will be greatly appreciated.
Friends of the parks
Each of the parks also has a ‘friends group’. The friends volunteer their time to meet up regularly, usually once a month, and help the council manage and maintain the parks and wood. This may involve providing them with feedback and giving them ideas for improvements, fundraising for new projects, helping with park events, helping to plant trees or simply joining them for walks and wildlife surveys. The friends groups are free to join and as the name suggests they are very friendly. New friends are always very welcome.
For information on volunteering with the district council’s parks team please contact park rangers Matt and George via email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.