WHO WE WORK WITH

Volunteering

*COVID RESTRICTIONS August 2021* 

With most restrictions no longer in place Chiltern Rangers has decided that now is the time to allow minibus capacity to increase to 15 passengers, please still wear a mask unless you are exempt. When possible please book your place on a Green Thursday session but it is no longer a requirement to book if you would like to attend. Where possible please continue to make your own way to site to reduce the number of passengers on the bus and we strongly recommend that anyone who joins one of our sessions takes a Covid test before arriving, particularly if you are coming in the minibus.

If you would like to be invited to our events then please email info@chilternrangers.co.uk with your details and we will add you to our invitation list.

Please do come and join us, being outside in the fresh air doing a bit of exercise is great for your physical and mental health and a very safe environment to be in.

Volunteer Strategy

Our volunteer strategy is to engage, train and support all our volunteers. We welcome volunteers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to give us a hand. Whether indoors or out in nature, there are plenty of things you can help us with. All we ask for is enthusiasm! We run groups on Mondays and Fridays by booking only and the half day ‘Green Thursday’ sessions when anyone is welcome to turn up and join in whatever it is we’re doing that day!

Individual volunteers

For all volunteering opportunities including helping at events either contact us at  info@chilternrangers.co.uk or please complete the forms below and email them to  info@chilternrangers.co.uk

New Adult volunteer contact form

New Volunteer profile form

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.

Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer of the Season Awards

As part of our volunteer strategy, Chiltern Rangers aims to reward and recognise volunteers for their contribution to the business. Any volunteer may be nominated for the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award. Nominations can be made by the other volunteers as well as Chiltern Ranger staff.

Green Thursday Conservation Volunteer Group

We run a volunteer conservation group every Thursday which is open to all. Come along and meet us at Wycombe Rye Lido Car Park at 10.00 am 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. Tools, gloves and hot drinks are provided. Please wear stout footwear and appropriate clothing suitable for outdoors activities and the weather. If you would like to get involved just turn up or please contact us.

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. Below are some examples.

Contact us if you belong to a community group who could use our help.

Corporate groups

Businesses of all sizes can become involved with Chiltern Rangers.  Join us on one of our popular ‘Be a Ranger’ day team building sessions or contact us for other opportunities to partner with us such as expert volunteering at Board of Directors level to various office marketing and admin duties.

‘Be a Ranger for a day’ team building sessions

Businesses like yours can make a real difference to the environment by working at one of the many fantastic nature reserves across the Chilterns. Join our expert rangers who have over 30 years experience in conservation and over 5 years expertise in running outdoor team building sessions. Not only enjoy the Chilterns’ countryside and its fascinating wildlife, but also a day of exercise, fresh air, and for many, a life-enhancing experience.

Our team building sessions involve getting hands-on with a range of tasks and creating homes for birds, butterflies and wildflowers. You can choose to help a specific site, habitat type or even ‘help butterflies’ – let us know and we can make it happen with you. Or have a go at improving community visitor facilities by building a bench, installing steps or clearing paths to name a few. You will get your hands dirty in our chalk grasslands, woodlands, ponds, chalk streams and more, but it is great fun, don’t just take our word for it…click on the video to see one of our sessions in action.

These are some of our partners who have joined us on a Be a Ranger day.

                          

‘Be a Ranger for a Day’ with Origin – July 2021

Local company, Origin, wanted to give something back to their community and joined us on a ‘Be a Ranger for a Day’ session at Kingsmead in July.  It was an inauspicious weather forecast but they gamefully worked through the pouring rain and even managed to smile at times!  The task was to clean up the river and cut the undergrowth under the new hedge plants.

“Working with Chiltern Rangers has given us the opportunity to learn about the importance of natural sites and their conservation, in a way which is engaging and highly enjoyable, and has provided an excellence chance for team-building activities (especially during a time of many restrictions, where outdoor working has helped keep spirits up and people connected).

The Rangers are friendly, helpful, and their passion for what they do shows in every activity undertaken. Each experience is fun, informative and has created a real feeling of enthusiasm among staff – from educational walking tours to litter-picking in rivers, and future tree planting plans.

Collaborating with Chiltern Rangers is incredibly rewarding, as we’re able to make tangible improvements in our wider community, support local biodiversity, and make positive impacts which are good for both people and the planet alike.”

Sam Wright, Environmental Officer

 

What a day! Some of the Origin team had the wonderful opportunity to “Be a Ranger” for the day with the fantastic Chiltern Rangers. Getting to know our surrounding area a little more and spending time with the team, taking part in an activity that most of us had never done before was a brilliant experience, even in the extremely wet weather! John and the team at Chiltern Rangers were so welcoming and a pleasure to spend the day with. This is something we will be doing on a regular basis now, combining the great team experience with doing our bit to help our local environment. We cannot wait to go again!

Victoria Brocklesby, COO

A great day, even in the rain! Any activity that can help in a positive way is rewarding but Chiltern Rangers made it that much easier to be an environmental warrior. Equipment and smiles were provided throughout the day making it even more enjoyable. I will be back the next chance I get (even if it is torrential downpours again).

Jordan Muzeen, Sales Operations

Scroll through the gallery below to see what you might be doing on one of our ‘Be a Ranger for a day’ sessions

A very enjoyable day and a nice change of scenery from the office environment. Would recommend to anyone to get involved and help support the community and the natural wildlife of the surrounding areas.  Seeing the team effort come together. 

Clinimed

Thank you to John, Colin and Tony for organising and running such a fantastic day for us all.  It was a great exercise in team work, good to get out in the fresh air and to feel like we were making a difference to the local woodland!

Royal Oak

Best part of the session was being outside contributing to vital local work, and also discovering woodland I had no idea was there. Also, gaining some more knowledge of woodland management and why it is necessary.

Hypnos

Have a look at a recent session we did with Laurent Perrier in June 2021

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.

Would you like to bring your company’s lawn to life?  

We are now converting any sized plots of land into beautiful wild flower meadows.

See our latest project below at Hypnos:

Hypnos rewilding mini meadows

Corporate Partnerships – working with Chiltern Rangers will benefit your company in many ways.

Contact us with your requirements if your company would like to get involved

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