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


  • Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th February: Crook O'Lune picnic site, Nr Lancaster (SD 5211 648)
  • Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February 2015: Carr House Lane, Lancaster (SD 4725 6133) (adjacent to the Girl's Grammar School playing fields)


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).



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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