To see the latest copy of our free monthly e-newsletter, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a regular copy. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these groups please contact email@example.com or phone 01580 879842 for more details.
See more photos here
If you have a few hours to spare why not join us at 9.30am on a Wednesday morning and spend time in the fresh air, with good company, making the Pinetum look beautiful. You will be provided with gloves, tools and guidance and will be amazed at how much you start to learn about the trees, as well as feeling a sense of satisfaction after you have cleared, tidied, mulched and planted.
We stop at midday for a complementry coffee and a slice of cake!
Between September and May we meet on the second Sunday of each month from 10am to 2pm. We have jobs for all ages and abilities. The work we undertake depends on the need of the Tree Team but falls into three areas:
Rhododendron and scrub clearance - good fun with a large bonfire to keep out the cold, children always enjoy this.
Tree planting - the trees at Bedgebury largely come from wild sources, which makes them special. Each is carefully planted, mulched and protected from rabbits by a cage. This is very rewarding work, especially when you return in later years to see 'your' trees growing.
Construction Work - any building tasks needed. In the past we have built steps and erected post and rail fences. Instruction is given by Forestry Commission staff and there is work for all abilities - so come along and join this friendly group.
Tree Label Team
The label team are a small and specialised group of volunteers who meet on a Wednesday afternoon. Their tasks include checking and cleaning tree labels and replacing those that are lost or damaged. Working within this group is an excellent way to learn about the different tree species at Bedgebury and to put this knowledge into practice.
Our Nursery in the National Pinetum always needs a regular weed and clean. It is vital to keep the seedlings clear of weeds to give the saplings their best chance to grow and develop. We are always looking for volunteers who can give up a few hours per week to keep the nursery looking clean and tidy.
Our team of Bedgebury Ambassadors are responsible for giving visitors a warm welcome. They are on hand to answer questions and point visitors in the right direction. Most Ambassadors volunteer once a week for a three hour shift either in the morning or afternoon and they are given a complimentary coffee in the cafe to keep up their energy! This is an excellent role for anyone who would like to gain experience of working at a visitor attraction and who enjoy meeting new people
"This is my second season as an Ambassador and I have met some lovely people from many parts of the world.
There are many advantages to being part of the Bedgebury Volunteer Team so why not come along and talk to one of us to find out more."
- Rosemary Mayhew (a weekend Ambassador)
Volunteers are an enormous help to our education staff. Another pair of hands can make everyone’s day so much easier. It’s also a fun, first-hand way of finding out more about the National Pinetum and the education programmes we run here.
We’re delighted to hear from volunteers who want to help with anything for education, but we are particularly looking for people who would be willing to help accompany school and group visits.
Don’t worry – we would not be expecting you to teach the children or take responsibility for them! The main duties would be helping to prepare and carry equipment, taking down shelters and generally helping the education staff who are leading the group. So, if you have some spare time during weekdays from roughly 9am to 3pm, particularly between April and the end of July, then why not think about it?
Have an interest in the natural world? If you are experienced in ecological surveying, would like to explore Bedgebury's wildlife and can assist us in updating records, please get in touch. We are specifically looking to increase our knowledge of the area's flora, invertebrates and fungi.
To see the latest copy of our free monthly e-newsletter click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a regular copy. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these groups please contact email@example.com or phone 01580 879842 for more details