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Volunteer with us!

We would love you to join our team of volunteers.  We hold sessions most Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays in the beautiful Chilterns countryside. Click here for details of all our volunteering opportunities. You will be able to register for any sessions that appeal to you.

If you haven’t volunteered with us before or to join our mailing list of volunteering opportunities, please complete this Google Form.

For further information about volunteering with Chiltern Rangers please call us on 01494 474486 or email info@chilternrangers.co.uk.

We really hope to see you soon!

Volunteer Warden

Do you live near a local woodland which you frequently visit or ever thought you might like to keep an eye on a favourite local nature reserve? We are always seeking volunteer wardens to watch over these special places. You will get full support from us and basic training if required and you will be part of the Chiltern Rangers team. Contact us if you would like more information about this.

Office volunteers

Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity inside?  We often have a need for someone with PR, marketing, fundraising or administrative skills so if you are interested in helping for a few hours a week please contact us to see what opportunities we have available.

Green Thursday Conservation Volunteer Group

We run a volunteer conservation group every Thursday which is open to all. We meet at Wycombe Rye Lido Car Park at 10.00am and keep fit while helping to take care of your local environment in the local woodlands. We aim to return for 1.00 pm after a rewarding mornings work.

Please email us at info@chilternrangers.co.uk to register your interest before attending a session.

Tools, gloves and hot drinks are provided. Please wear stout footwear and appropriate clothing suitable for outdoors activities and the weather. 

Read the experiences of some of our regular volunteers below.

I just wanted to say what a pleasure it’s been working with the Rangers.  I had no idea two years ago that I’d be quite so involved with the chalklands (and mud – what a winter!) that have been my temporary home.  I want to thank you for all I have learned, not least a bigger understanding of this environment but most of all, growing to know a great bunch of people both as a team and as individuals.  

I will take this experience with me to Somerset and beyond and I’ll miss every one of you.  Wishing you all the very best for a long and successful future.

Ian N

I volunteer for Chiltern Rangers to understand our environment better. As a result, I come into contact with knowledgeable and dedicated people who take our wildlife and green spaces seriously. They pass on their enthusiasm and skills to all their volunteers as well as the children they meet and work with. We must help the next generation care for this planet and if we can enthuse them when they are with us at Chiltern Rangers events, they will, hopefully, continue to a lifelong passion.  I love working with the school groups and watching them grow their skills, using tool and recognising plants and “bugs” and not being afraid of getting muddy !!!

Sue L

It’s not just being outside in the country and the physical work that I’ve enjoyed, it’s the people I’ve met too; such an interesting mix. The Rangers, bird experts, butterfly experts, the other volunteers, teams from companies, students on work experience, school children – all with varying levels of experience and all willing to share their knowledge and skills. Chiltern Rangers looks after its volunteers. They really appreciate the work that the volunteers do, and they regularly tell us that too. It’s not all one sided, the Rangers invest in its volunteers. See here for full article.

Colin D

Individual volunteers

Volunteer Warden

Do you live near a local woodland which you frequently visit or ever thought you might like to keep an eye on a favourite local nature reserve? We are always seeking volunteer wardens to watch over these special places. You will get full support from us and basic training if required and you will be part of the Chiltern Rangers team. Contact us if you would like more information about this.

Office volunteers

Are you looking for a volunteering opportunity inside? If you have PR, marketing, fundraising or administrative skills please contact us to see what opportunities we have available.

Community groups

Maybe you have a project that needs embarking upon in your community, this could be help with a garden for a school, hospital, residential home or any other community project. It might be a pond that needs reinstating or even just some long overdue maintenance, an area of common or woodland that needs maintaining and managing or even just engaging the youngsters (and adults) with nature and conservation in your area. Whatever kind of community group you’re involved with contact us today and find out how we can help. 

Chiltern Rangers team building days in Partnership with One Can Trust

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the inequalities in our community in Bucks and especially in High Wycombe.
We feel that we have to play our part to help, so we have formed a partnership with our amazing local food bank One Can Trust. They have helped and continue to help so many people and families in these challenging times.

One of the ways we will be working with One Can Trust is to incorporate them as a beneficiary of our Be a Ranger Days with companies of all sizes.

We invite all organisations who work with us on Be a Ranger sessions to bring a donation of a couple of items per person for OCT:
Here’s a link to their website www.onecantrust.org.uk

We simply ask you to check it out ahead of your session to see the most needed supplies of the week so we can maximise the impact we have.
Our initial aim is to collect 1,000 cans by the end of 2021.

Thank you so much for your kindness and support.

Schools

Our work with schools could be anything from Forest School sessions to getting the children involved in making their school grounds wildlife friendly.

Have a look at the Bucks Council Wexham And Ivers In and Out of Schools Project to find out what we have been up to in 2020.

Forest Ranger School – How it works

Part of our agreement is to help you to set up and develop a site over time including helping to set up community work party days. We manage our own existing Forest School sites and are continually working in partnership with a large number of Wildlife Trusts and Landowners to create new ones depending on a school’s needs. Many woodlands have been poorly managed and the under-canopy can be lifeless. Trees need to be cut down in order to bring in light, new growth, plants and mini-beasts back to the habitat. We then use the wood from the trees that have been cut down to make base camp, provide natural building materials and dead wood piles for minibeasts. Chiltern Rangers can bring a team in to do this on our own or we can work with a volunteer parent/staff team from your school – A great way to build teams and community involvement in your Forest Ranger School.

 

Staff and Volunteer Training

Chiltern Rangers will provide one or two staff to run your Forest Ranger School but the school will need to supply additional staff, either teachers, teaching assistants or volunteers to ensure a safe staff to pupil ratio. Our one day course is a mixture of classroom based and site based training with the aim that all helpers will feel confident in supporting their pupils’ learning in a safe and child-led way. We also offer a one and a half hour twilight Introduction to Forest Ranger School called Whole Staff Training. We will tailor this training with the Headteacher to match the values and development priorities of the school.

 

Risk assessment

At Forest Ranger School we encourage children to explore, take risks and lead their learning in their Woodland Habitat. Staff will be able to confidently let their children do this because of our rigorous risk assessments. We can tailor our model to your school and save busy teachers a lot of work.

Contact us today if you would like help to set up a Forest school for your child’s school

Private Landowners

Do you need help and advice as to how to manage your own woodland or natural area? We offer both to private landowners for an agreed fee. Frequently the costs can be reduced if we work with other funders at the same time – see the example below.

Through collaborative partnership working with the Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) and Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) we have provided practical management to four Local Wildlife Sites within the Radnage Valley Biodiversity Opportunity Area. This work has focused on restoring chalk grassland, a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitat. We brought in our Green Thursday team and our partners at Thames Valley Probationary Service Community Payback Team, together with our trained staff using chainsaws and brushcutters who set about improving several areas of chalk grassland that were beginning to become swamped by scrub. This work was funded in part by the land owner and subsidised by the CCB with BBOWT providing their alpine tractor and a driver for a morning. This work would not have been possible without a partnership approach and we hope it can continue in the future, much depends on the help of the land owners.

See link below to a Landscapes Connections Project which was funded by the landlord and our partners.

Kingswood Landscape Connections Project 2020

We can also provide/produce extensive site management and action plans and advice on other linked topics including how to make successful grant applications. 

Contact us if you have land that is in need of some TLC