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Conservation tasks

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If you think your group would enjoy a day out doing something really hands on, practical and satisfying, why not try a conservation taster day and help care for the National Park at the same time?

The type of work available depends on the time of year and the age, ability and size of your group. Examples of tasks include: dry stone walling, coppicing, tree planting, seed collecting, building bird, bat or bug boxes, footpath maintenance and bracken clearing.

Let us know what you'd like to do and we'll work out the best way to organise the activity for your group.

Health and safety

All activities are lead by appropriately qualified and experienced supervisors from the National Park Authority's Volunteer Service. All activities begin with an introductory session on safety procedures and full risk assessment reports are available on request.

Group size and costs

The average group size is 10 pupils plus their own teacher to one National Park Supervisor, but this varies depending on the age and ability of the group, and the location and type of task. The cost is £45 per supervisor, except for bird-, bat- and bug-box building which is charged at £6 per box. 

Activity locations

Some activities are based at our National Park Centres, while others can be done at various locations in the National Park. We're happy to try and find a location that's convenient for you. 

Clothing and equipment

Participants should wear old clothes and sturdy walking boots or boots with steel toe caps. Trainers and sandals are not permitted. Protective gloves are provided where required but participants should bring a pair of thick gardening gloves if they have any.

Physical activity

Come prepared for quite hard physical work. Note that some activities involve lifting, particularly dry stone walling, and these may not be suitable for people with back problems.


The Education Service 

01439 772700