Frequently asked questions
Great that you are interested in volunteering with us.
Here are some FAQ’s to help guide your volunteering journey:
Do you have volunteer tasks on weekends?
Currently we don’t have regular weekend tasks but we’re working on it. If you fancy getting out at the weekend then why not sign up as a New Forest Ambassador, collect your free litter picking kit and set off on your own adventure!
Do I need to drive to site?
Mostly yes. The places we work are off the beaten track so we will probably meet in a location that is without public transport links. We’re investigating connections with a car sharing website so volunteers can cut down their carbon footprint to improve this situation.
Can I claim mileage expenses?
Yes certainly. If you come along to one of our induction sessions then we can explain in greater detail as you’ll have be covered on your car insurance policy to receive payments.
What should I bring to a volunteer day?
We ask people to wear suitable clothes for the weather conditions and sturdy footwear, either boots or wellies. Most days are from 10am to 3pm so bring lunch, snacks, some water and a hot drink. All tools and protective equipment is provided.
I’ve never done any practical volunteer work before, is that okay?
That is normal for the majority of our volunteers. Full training and supervision is provided throughout the day so please don’t be put off if you’ve never planted a hedge or pulled Himalayan Balsam before. Once you’ve attended a couple of sessions you’ll be ready to teach the new people your amazing techniques.
Okay, I’d like to volunteer with you. What’s the next step?
The next step is to register via our website. Once registered you’ll be invited to an induction session. After that we’ll email you the volunteer newsletter with links for you to sign-up to our events. We use Eventbrite to manage the bookings for our volunteer tasks. For some, more specialised volunteer roles, you will be provided extra training from our staff.