Help preserve Britain’s heritage, our land and buildings. Volunteers are used for everything from tour guiding to fundraising to hands on conservation such as gardening. Try these national organisations:

  • The National Trust is Europe's most successful conservation movement. You could be getting out there in the countryside or helping tend to a National Trust garden, or be a steward in a trust property. The Trust also runs working holidays for volunteers. 
  • the RSPB needs volunteers to get directly involved in conservation work at reserves or help out with bird surveys across the UK. 

All environmental charities need volunteers, and most of them don’t get enough. Greenphase lists charities that are always looking for volunteers.

  • BTCV currently supports 300,000 volunteers to take practical action to improve their urban and rural environments.
  • Look after nature reserves or get young people excited about their local environment with the Wildlife Trust.  You can also help out indoors using your IT, admin and financial skills.
  • Get your hands dirty with Groundwork. Groups across the country create better, greener neighbourhoods.
  • Want to clear up your local area then join Litteraction. You'll get support and meet others who want to clean up your neighbourhood. You can join as an individual or a group.

See also our section on 'gardening'.

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