Volunteer group with tools
Apr 16 2018

Woodland Working Group Policy

Supporting our practical conservation volunteers

The Woodland Working Group Policy was launched last summer with the purpose of bringing clarity to how we work with our volunteers in our woodlands.

At the foremost of our mind, as we developed the policy with Nick Hall, the Trust’s Health, Safety & Environment Manager was to ensure that all our volunteer’s activity in the woodlands is covered by our insurance and that volunteers carrying out valuable work on our behalf are protected by the organisation.

We kept the policy simple, covering only a couple of pages and it explains that we have two types of supporters working in our woodlands, firstly, volunteers with a task outline. The majority of our volunteer roles include a task outline, 2,700 as of January 2018. Then third party groups which are either registered with another organisation such as the National Trust for example or they are registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) or similar.

It is our intention to publish all our volunteering policies and procedures on Whittle; as with the Woodland Working Group Policy you will be able to find them in the library under the Volunteering Policies sub heading. As we continue to revise the volunteering framework we will publish each new policy as it is developed.


Paul Taylor

National Volunteer Manager


1 Comment
  • ChrisStephens

    The Dry Stone Walling Association are delighted to offer training. Indeed we did through our SW England Branch of the DSWA for the wall rebuild at the Trust’s Dolebury Warren Wood in Somerset. The 400 metres shown in the cover photo was rebuilt by the Gloucestershire Lineover Wood Volunteers and took 10 years to complete ( that’s me on the left). This was done with a little help from the members of the Cotswold Branch and the SW England Branch of the DSWA. The labour costs of a professionally rebuilt dry stone wall are £60- £80 a metre but with qualified instructors novices can do a good worthwhile job which represent a significant saving to the Trust. A rebuilt DSW also represents a significant contribution both to wildlife and the landscape which should last for 100 years.
    Chris Stephens (Former Deputy Chairman of the DSWA-GB)

    August 15, 2018 at 3:10 pm

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