Hedge laid and under planted with volunteer rangers and local community: Curwen House, GoosnarghThere are many opportunities for volunteering in and around the Forest of Bowland and there are several organisations that will welcome you and, in some cases, offer training depending on your aims and plans. Which organisation you approach will depend on what you want to get out of volunteering and the level of commitment you wish to give. 
People volunteer for a whole variety of reasons. Young people may want to get experience and training to help build a CV and help them into a paid job in the environmental sector. Older people may be looking for a career change into the environmental sector. Other people have specific interests and concerns eg birds, bats, butterflies, wild flowers. Other people just want to be sociable, get fitter, stay active and/or meet new friends and help the environment.
If you want to volunteer regularly and/or build a better CV for a paid job in the environmental sector then look at the section on Regular Volunteering
The Forest of Bowland AONB team sometimes has volunteering opportunities available, generally linked to specific projects. Take a look at the "Current Opportunities" section below to find out what is available at the moment or have a look at the opportunities with the newly formed Friends of Bowland group.

NEW: Current Opportunities 

Hedge laying training Autumn/Winter 2014-2015

The Forest of Bowland AONB is once again running a series of hedge laying training days suitable for both novices and also for those who would like to fine tune their existing skills.


PLEASE BOOK your place ahead by ringing 01200 448000 or sending an email to tarja [dot] wilson [at] lancashire [dot] gov [dot] uk


  • Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th October 2014: Crook O'Lune picnic site, Nr Lancaster (SD 5211 648)
  • Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd October 2014: Broadgate Farm, Bleasdale, PR3 1UR (SD 5518 4562)
  • Thursday 27th November: Broadgate Farm, Bleasdale, PR3 1UR (SD518 4562)
  • Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February 2015: Venue TBC


Start 9am and finish about 3.30pm

Further information:

Our trainers (and entertainers) will be Geoff Whitley (07708705498) and Joe Craig (07768054485) 

Tools provided. You may bring your own.  Bring along:

  • your own outdoor hardy clothes, boots and gloves, packed lunch and a smile!
  • knee pads or a mat to kneel on to prevent the thorns attacking you is useful.

On the day before you set off if the weather is inclement please ring in case it is postponed. Give Tarja (07887830853), Joe or Geoff a ring

Geoff Whitley(07708705498) and Joe Craig. (07768054485)


Crook O' Lune car park - M6 junction no 34 Lancaster (North) then take A683 east towards Kirkby Lonsdale.  After about 2 miles turn left off A683 to Crook O' Lune car park and Halton.  (Just before Caton village).

Broadgate Farm B & B - Bleasdale Lane, Claughton, nr Garstang PR3 1UR

Wyre Borough is also running some dates in addition to the above based at Brock Bottoms, Nr Beacon Fell.  For further information contact greg [dot] robinson [at] wyre [dot] gov [dot] uk (greg [dot] robinson [at] wyre [dot] gov [dot] uk) 

Also in 5, 8, 13 and 16 November they are running training at Stanah: (meet at the Riverside Room, Stanah, Wyre Estuary Country Park, Thornton-Cleveleys, FY5 5LR for 9.30 until 3.30pm)  Bring old clothes, workings boots and lunch.  Please contact Duncan or Alison to book your place on countryside [at] wyre [dot] gov [dot] uk or 01253 887515

Balsam Bash

This is a joint event with Barley Parish Council and the Ribble Rivers Trust to clear Himalayan balsam from the village and river. This is their second effort to tackle the stubborn area of balsam behind the main car park in the village and is probably their last ‘proper’ balsam bash of the season. Details as follows:

Saturday 9th August, 10:00 at Barley Car Park, follow this link for location map. 

Drinks and biscuits provided. Boots or wellies may be useful but not essential. All other equipment provided. Café and toilets on site.

For further information, ring the Ribble Rivers Trust on 01200, 444452 or email admin [at] ribbletrust [dot] com


Metting pointGisburn Forest Trail Building

If you would like to join them please email John Swift jon [dot] swift [at] pmba [dot] org [dot] uk  

The volunteers generally meet 2nd Sunday of the month at 10am.  The next meet day is 12th January 2014. 

For up to date information about trail building visit their Facebook page.

Bowland in Bloom

In May this year, the Forest of Bowland AONB joined forces with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to fund Hay Time – a hay meadow restoration project here in Bowland.  The project offers lots of opportunities to get involved, from wildflower surveys to seed propagation and plug planting.  You can even learn to scythe!
For more information about volunteering with the Hay Time project, contact Sarah Robinson on 01200 448000 or email sarah [dot] robinson [at] lancashire [dot] gov [dot] uk

Scything event


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