Every year, teams of enthusiatic and dedicated volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the wild places they love via our conservation work parties. Find out what's involved and consider joining in*
*NB: Our regular conservation work parties and scheduled events are currently SUSPENDED to restrict the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).
What's a conservation work party?
Your chance to join a small group of like-minded people who want to give something back to the wild places they love. Participants get involved in hands-on conservation work covering things like path work, removing invasive species, litter picking and helping to rewild our landscape. Work parties take place all year round and can last from one to seven days. (More detail about the amazing things they acheive in our 2019 Conservation work party report.)
There's no charge for Trust members but we encourage donations from non-members. Volunteers arrange their own food, travel and accommodation. We supply skilled supervision, tools and inspiration!
If this sounds like your thing...
- Read the Conservation Work Party FAQ.
- Browse a list of Conservation work party dates 2020 [PDF]
- If you have any questions, or want to register interest in joining a work party, please email our volunteer co-ordinator.
What do you do on a conservation work party?
Path work and more
Help us repair paths and remove fences
Control invasive species
Help us control invasive species
Beach cleans and more
Help us keep our beautiful hills and beaches clean
Rewild our landscape
Help us plant and nurture native trees and manage conifer plantations
See more of the amazing done by our work parties on Flickr
Our conservation volunteers share their photographs on our Flickr groups. Check them out.
Join the Glenlude volunteers
Glenlude is the Trust's smallest property. Situated in the Scottish Borders and easily accessible from the central belt of Scotland and the North of England, it is the John Muir Trust's centre for volunteering and education.
In addition to our scheduled conservation work parties, our local members, partners and supporters often help us with specific tasks organised on an ad hoc basis. To keep in touch with the latest opportunties at Glenlude, ask to be added to our Glenlude volunteers mailing list.
Other conservation volunteering opportunities
There are also opportunities to volunteer with our Local Members' Groups. Find a full list of dates and book on to a work party on our Local Members' Group page.
There are a number of other organisations and people you can contact to discuss conservation volunteering oportunities including, Highland Biodiversity, Friends of Nevis, Borders Forest Trust and Carrifran and Highland Perthshire Community Land Trust (incl Dun Coillich).
My granddaughter came with me once on a wet, midge-ridden work party to Glen Nevis. A year later she celebrated her 18th birthday on Knoydart on her third work party. More of us should introduce the next generation to the experience from which we get so much pleasure and satisfaction.Gill Bond, Trust volunteer