Our one-day tasks are usually arranged every other Sunday throughout the year at a number of National Trust locations throughout West and North Yorkshire. More information about where we work.
Each year we also have two weekend tasks, one in Borrowdale in the Lake District in April, and another at Cragside, Northumberland in November.
Each task has a designated group contact who is responsible for recording which volunteers plan to attend and liasing with the warden/gardener. Group contacts are listed in our current programme.
It is recommended that volunteers contact the group contact a few days before the task (e.g. Tuesday evening) to confirm their attendance. This allows the group contact to give the warden/gardener an idea of how many people to expect so that they can plan jobs, tools, etc. Also, some tasks have a maximum limit on volunteers. The group contact should also be able to provide more details about what we will be doing on the task, any last minute changes to the meeting point, etc as well as answer any questions.
On the day of the task, you should try to get to the meeting point for 9.45am. Remember to bring a packed lunch, sturdy footwear, and gardening gloves if you have any. Dont wear your best clothes!
Tasks usually start at 10am. We pause for lunch and breaks and tasks usually finish around 4pm.
Before each task, the Warden/Gardener explains what needs doing, how we are going to do it and usually why we are doing it. If any special tools or techniques are to be used, these are explained and volunteers have an opportunity to ask any questions. No previous training or knowledge is needed and volunteers are able to work at their own pace. More information about the type of work we usually do.
Still have questions? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.