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CPRE has existed for almost a century, and we’ve been able to achieve so much because we’ve always been supported by amazing people. Volunteers have been instrumental to our success and with your support we can achieve even more.

Volunteer Experience Days Summer – Autumn 2021

If you have one hour to spare and want to do something really different but worthwhile or you have a couple of hours spare a week to take part in a rewarding community-based project, we are partnering with the Rewild Project in the Forest of Dean to offer you some unique environmental volunteer experiences.

If you would like to volunteer for any of these experience days, please email info@cpreglos.org.uk or contact us on Instagram @cpre_gloucestershire

Noxon Pond farm

Friday 30th July 10.00am to 3.00pm

Monday 2nd August 10.00am to 3.00pm

A Permaculture demonstration site with a plant nursery containing various edible perennial plants which are used in community growing projects such as Berry Hill Community Orchard (CPRE award winner).

The work for the day will be mulching the plant nursery with cardboard and wood chip, and building the outdoor kitchen and other spaces.

Address: Noxon Pond Cottage, Noxon Farm, Bream Avenue, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6QR

Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/pAvX9GbVQEc4xQYm7

Go to the first plot, on the left hand side. Look for The Rewild Project banner on the gate. Try not to drive right down into the farm.

Berry Hill community orchard

Friday 6th August 10.00am to 3.00pm

Monday 9th August 10.00am to 3.00pm

CPRE award winning community orchard, where Rewild focused on using Gloucestershire heritage variety trees, Apples, Pears and Plums. The design approach was based on permaculture principles, you will learn more about this on the day.

You will be helping with mulching the plant nursery and starting to put in a rabbit proof fence.

Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/o4c6yHvLLiwgRmDs8

Kensley Shed

Friday 13th August 10.00am to 3.00pm

Monday 16th August 10.00am to 3.00pm

Kensley Shed is home to Rewild’s New Leaf social forestry project and is a community craft centre. From here they create a space for learning to happen with various traditional heritage crafts. They also process wood from their coppice sites, and the wood they can’t use for craft or building they convert into sustainably produced firewood for sale to support their project.

You will be learning how to process fire wood, from sawing to splitting with an axe, or just having a drink and enjoying the centre. Bring your walking shoes as Woorgreens lake is on the doorstep!

Location The Rewild Project, Speech House Road, Coleford GL16 7EL

Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/Dx8qZweM3E9eMXAw7

Sensory Garden at SevenOaks

Friday 20th August 10.00am to 3.00pm

Monday 23rd August 10.00am to 3.00pm

Rewild designed and implemented this sensory garden for the disabled residents about 5 years ago. The garden is based on a Gaudi face, and features a 5 seater locally coppiced sweet chestnut swing chair made by famous green wood worker Richard Bates, lots of bespoke furniture from Jimbo Saunders, local green wood worker, a large xylophone, and other interesting features.

You will be helping with mulching the garden and you’ll be able to sit and enjoy the many useful and interesting plants.

Location on Google maps: 51.792911,-2.608100

Address: SevenOaks , Lords Hill, Coleford (next door to Bells Field skate park)

Working with young people

We are also offering a unique one-off experience to work alongside young people who are at risk of exclusion from school and who have been through Rewild’s ReKindle programme. Refreshments and lunch provided.

22nd October, 9am – 2.30pm: together with ReKindle staff and young people from the project, a day at Berry Hill Community orchard

10th December, 9am – 2.30pm: young people from ReKindle project will share and teach their new skills to the volunteers at Kensley Sheds. This is a day of interaction, learning and fun!

If you are interested in any of these experiences, please email info@cpreglos.org.uk or contact us on Instagram @cpre_gloucestershire

*please note that DBS checks are not required to take part in these volunteering opportunities as you will be supervised the entre time by a DBS checked member of ReWild staff. ReWild has up to date safeguarding policies and processes in place together with a designated safeguarding lead.

+you will need to make your own way to the locations. Travel expenses will be paid for at 40p per mile.

More volunteering opportunities

Our volunteering hub Assemble is the one-stop place for all your volunteering information. You can apply for an opportunity using an easy online form and you can track your application every step of the way.

Search our current opportunities to find one that’s just right for you.

We’d love to hear from you if you’ve other skills to offer or if you’ve any questions about volunteering. You can reach us on 01452 309783 or email info@cpreglos.org.uk

Find your volunteering opportunity

Are you our next South West Regional Chair?

Do you love the countryside? We’re looking for a special person to lead our South West Regional Group and help us achieve our vision of a beautiful and thriving countryside that is valued, enjoyed and accessible to everyone.

It’s a great opportunity to enhance your collaboration and leadership skills as part of a team of people passionate about the countryside. You’ll be invited to free training courses, workshops and our annual conference and AGM.

We’d welcome applications from people with a minimum of three years’ experience of working or volunteering in a networking, collaboration, partnership, leadership or organisational development role. Experience of volunteering and supporting other volunteers would also be desirable.

The approximate time commitment involves three regional and three national meetings each year and you’ll also typically volunteer from home for around 2-3 hours per week.

Find out more here

What do our volunteers do?

Our wonderful volunteers support us in many different ways.

Many of our volunteers sit on one of our 6 District Committees and work tirelessly to ensure that planning proposals registered with the local authority are in line with our ethos. Others provide specialist advice, help out at events, manage our stand at local fairs, organise or take part in litter picks, assist with fundraising, and help with our social media or admin.

Every single person makes a difference to the countryside that we all feel so passionate about, and we value their contribution enormously.

What do we offer?

We think we’re a pretty great charity to give your time to. Here are just a few of the things we hope you can get out of supporting us:

• Use your skills and experience to contribute to the success of our charity and make a positive difference to the countryside
• Meet like-minded people and feel part of a team
• Enhance your CV by developing new skills, and gain valuable experience
• We’ll support you to develop in your volunteering role and provide you with relevant training
• We can give you a reference for your future work or volunteering
• Get involved with social events and workshops
• Have the opportunity to attend a volunteer induction day at CPRE’s national office in London or a regional centre
• And remember: we provide out-of-pocket travel expenses. We want everyone who wants to to feel able to support us.

Volunteering Commitments

We want you to have an excellent volunteering experience with us and to achieve this we’ve made commitments to our volunteers and in turn laid out what we ask of you.

Volunteering Commitments