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We are always looking for dedicated and passionate volunteers to join the Our Past, Our Future scheme and help deliver a wide range of projects across the New Forest.

Your help as a volunteer is central to the success of the scheme and helps us safeguard the Forest for the future.

There are a variety of opportunities available to volunteers that are summarised below. Each project page has additional details on the volunteering opportunities they offer, or alternatively, download the volunteering role descriptions from the side of this page.

Wildlife conservation

Surveying and monitoring

The New Forest Land Advice Service and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust require volunteers to survey and monitor wildlife habitats around the Forest. In the summer, butterfly, dragonfly and damselfly, bumblebee, bat and reptile surveys are carried out. No previous experience is necessary as training is provided.

Practical conservation tasks

Each winter, volunteers are needed to clear invasive scrub from valuable grassland and wetland habitats. No experience is needed, just the desire to work in the outdoors.

Invasive non-native plants

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are looking for volunteers to pull up Himalayan balsam throughout the summer from important habitats which support a wide range of plant and invertebrate species.

Archaeology and heritage

Practical archaeological survey tasks

Volunteers will join the archaeology team to survey and record a variety of archaeological sites including woodlands, churchyards and old industrial sites that include features such as old brick works and ice houses. Community excavation work and graveyard surveys began in summer 2016.

Archaeological researcher tasks

Volunteers are required to join an existing team at the Christopher Tower Reference Library based at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst. The team need help digitising the history of the New Forest and have scanned in excess of 1,400 items to date including photographs, maps and postcards.

Social history tasks

Volunteers will work with the project co-ordinator to make visits across the Forest to record stories of the history of commoning. Volunteers will scan photographs and documents to help bring the history of commoning into the present day.


Events volunteer

If you’re a good communicator, love sharing what’s special about the New Forest and have a little time to give, then consider becoming an Event Volunteer. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with public events and activities aimed at connecting people to the National Park. No experience needed (training provided), just the desire to share what makes the Forest special with lots of different people from varied backgrounds.

Get involved

Fill out our online form to register your interest in volunteering for the landscape partnership scheme, after reading our privacy notice.

If you would like further information about volunteering or would like to receive our volunteer newsletter, please contact:

Richard Austin – Volunteer, Training and Mentoring Co-ordinator
Email: or tel: 01590 646661

Volunteer privacy notice

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