Our team of volunteers are vital to our work, helping us plant and care for thousands of trees to fight the climate crisis and boost local biodiversity.

We welcome volunteers who want to join us out in the field each week, as well as those who want to try out a ‘taster day’ or volunteer once a month. We need volunteers throughout the year to help us with a variety of important tasks to achieve our mission of creating new permanent woodlands. Find out how you can get involved below.

Ways to volunteer with us

Smiling volunteer planting a tree at Hazeland

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Tree planting

Every winter, we rely on hundreds of people like you to help us get thousands of trees in the ground.

Our weekly volunteer sessions involve planting “whips” (small saplings), and setting them up with a mulch mat, stake and tree guard. No particular skills or previous experience required!

This is an exciting step to create a new permanent woodland – be part of it.

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Tree care and conservation

We need volunteers to help us provide long term care to ensure our trees survive and grow into flourishing new permanent woodlands. This vital work typically takes place over the spring and summer months during regular volunteering days.

As our sites are made up of mixed habitats, we also need help with a range of important conservation tasks to support biodiversity throughout the year. This can be an exciting time to see the saplings in leaf and spot wildlife that’s drawn to the newly planted areas.

Help us with:

  • Monitoring and supporting tree growth.
  • Habitat creation.
  • Species surveys and recording.
  • Other tasks supporting site management and access.
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Volunteer leader holding buckets full of sapling

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Volunteer leaders

Our volunteer leaders are an invaluable part of the ANT team, leading our weekly volunteer days so we can plant and care for thousands of trees, and carry out essential conservation work to help biodiversity.

If you have some extra time on your hands and want to get more involved, join our fantastic team of volunteer leaders.

All our leaders begin as regular volunteers. We offer a full induction, including on site training and shadowing.

Volunteer Leaders are a crucial part of our team!

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Smiling volunteers planting a tree at Pudding Brook Wood

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Skill development

Avon Needs Trees can support volunteers with training and skills development so you can keep learning more about woodland creation or gain the skills and experience required for a job in the green economy.

In 2023 we will launch our Skills Development programme, details of which will be shared with our regular volunteers.

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