Sunday volunteer group

The Charnwood Sunday group meets on the second Sunday of most months to undertake practical nature conservation tasks on the Trust's nature reserves in the Charnwood area. The group is run by our Reserves Officer, Andy Neilson, and tasks include cutting back along pathways, removing bracken and bramble encroachment, thinning gorse and removing Himalayan balsam.

Below: gorse cutting at Ulverscroft

Useful information

  • You are assured of a warm welcome from staff and fellow volunteers
  • Days start on the reserve at 10.00am and finish around 2.00pm.
  • We have a break around 12 noon and will provide those hard-earned teas, coffees and biscuits, and you can bring your packed lunch if you'd prefer more sustenance!
  • Tools, gloves and training are provided.  No previous experience is necessary.
  • Wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty and boots with a good grip, and it's always best to have waterproofs with you. Steel toe capped boots or wellies are advised, and we have a small supply (sizes 5 – 12) which may be borrowed from the Trust; call Andy in advance to check we have your size.
  • For more information about the nature reserves please see the Nature Reserve section 
  • Volunteers must be aged 18 or over. Vulnerable adults may only attend if accompanied by a responsible adult; please contact Andy on the details below for more information.
  • Please make sure your tetanus booster is up to date.

Click here to see our latest volunteer newsletter, Billhooks & Biscuits, which provides more information about the tasks volunteers undertake on our nature reserves. It also contains the latest work programme.  

Some past copies of the newsletter are here

December 2018/ January 2019

June/July 2018

April/May 2018

Feb/March 2018

Dec/Jan 2018

Oct/Nov 2017

For more information or if you have any questions click here to look at ‘Your Questions Answered’

To find out more or to request your volunteer application pack, please e-mail Andy at: aneilson@lrwt.org.uk  or ring 0116 248 7360

The pack gives you information about volunteering with the Sunday Group, and includes the volunteer registration form and how to book in for your first 'try out' day.

Here's what some of our current volunteers have to say..........

I can’t think of a  better way to get to visit and learn more about the reserves whilst making a positive contribution to their conservation.

I have learned so much and gained many new skills and understand more about nature and woodland management. The staff are very knowledgable as are most of the volunteers.

The work is very positive, helping to maintain the reserves as havens for wildlife and beautiful places to visit.