Volunteering


Welcome to the Trust’s volunteering page!

The Trust is fortunate to have about 40 volunteers who regularly help the Trust in many ways.

Every Thursday, 15-20 volunteers travel from surrounding areas such as Shrewsbury, Wellington and Shifnal. We meet at a variety of sites between 10-3pm.

A smaller Tuesday group help survey the 26kms of footpaths during the year to ensure they remain accessible to walkers. This enables our contractors and volunteers to makes repairs as required.

In 2016, the Trust celebrated 10 years of the Volunteering Project. Since 2006, hundreds of people of all ages and abilities have volunteered for the Trust and continue to do so.

To celebrate these 10 years, the Trust

  • purchased T-shirts for each volunteer who chose words for a cloud design.
  • helped 10 Friends of Green Spaces from the Telford Green Spaces Partnership (see below) maintain their sites with 10 volunteering days.
  • was successful with the Tesco ‘Bags for Life’ grant of £10,000 to improve access and interpretation in Bower Yard Picnic site, once a local pipe works and next to the Iron Bridge. Volunteers cleared the site of scrub and coppiced trees, built a 500m cleft fence, laid a new path, built a dead hedge, installed 2 accessible picnic tables designed and built by Newport ‘Men in Sheds’ group with the Trust’s oak timber.
  • Staff designed an interpretation panel, installed 3D sculptures to interpret the past and built a large Bug Hotel with the Junior Rangers and planted butterfly loving shrubs.

The Ironbridge Walking Festival in May 2017 plans to be another very successful event with over 50 walks. Many of the Trust’s volunteers lead walks with several new walks planned.

A busy and enjoyable year of volunteering is planned for 2017 starting with 6 weeks of hedge-laying then several different access improvement projects such as build steps onto Rough Park from Oilhouse Coppice, a bench on The Rotunda, improve stone steps in Dale Coppice.

Why local people volunteer for Severn Gorge Countryside Trust?

Since 2006, much of the access infrastructure in woodlands and meadows around the Ironbridge Gorge, such as paths, steps, and kissing gates have been installed by our volunteers with training by our contractors. During the summer months, you may see us hand scything the meadows or undertaking wildflower identification. In the winter months, hedge-laying and coppicing. The volunteer programme covers a wide variety of tasks with hand tools.

If you are exploring the landscape on a Thursdays or Tuesdays, you may see a group of local people undertaking very valuable conservation tasks to help the Trust manage the wealth of beautiful landscape for public access and wildlife.

The volunteer project, led by the Trust’s Community Development Officer, Cadi Price, offers opportunities for people of all ages to volunteer year-round and to be involved in all aspects of the Trust’s work. All tools, personal protective equipment (eye protectors, gloves and helmets) and training are provided.
Without our volunteers and the work of our contractors, the Trust wouldn’t be able to manage the heathlands, meadows and woodlands to the required standard.

The volunteers attend when they want to. Some attend every week, others come for certain favourite tasks! A free ride in the Trust’s minibus takes the volunteers to the work sites from the Coalbrookdale Community Centre at 9.45am.
Starting about 10am on site, we discuss and share out the tasks, enjoy a morning tea break and a relaxed lunch, finishing about 2.45pm, returning to the car park at 3pm (if using the minibus). A very sociable occasion.

Other volunteering opportunities

The Lookerers: a group of local people who look after the herd of Soay sheep which we graze on our meadows. New Lookerers are always welcome.
Group days available: For groups who would like to experience some suitable physical work, a social day and lots of fresh air! Perhaps a visiting school or a local community or corporate group who would like to try something new. Minimum of 3 hours @ £100. See below for more information.

Telford Green Spaces Partnership  (TGSP) are 19 Friends groups who look after their local green spaces within Telford. They would welcome you to their volunteering days. During the Telford Access to Nature Partnership between 2009-2013, the Telford Green Spaces Handbook was written for the Friends groups and is a useful document with local case studies written by representatives from the TGSP groups. If you would like a copy, a PDF can be sent to you by email from staff@severngorge.org.uk.

Additionally, SGCT volunteers help the Trust in many different ways:
Lead courses in the Outdoor Learning Programme

Lead guided walks for the Ironbridge Walking Festival

Undertake visitor surveys of how visitors and local people use the Ironbridge Gorge landscape

Help at events such as Annual Open Evening, Apple Day at the Green Wood Centre

Assist in volunteer days, family activities, marketing and publicity

‘Lookerers’ look after the Trust’s flock of Soay sheep and attend training days with the staff and vet

If would like to know more, contact Cadi Price, Community Development Officer: cadiprice@severngorge.org.uk

Group volunteers

We welcome groups who would like to come and volunteer for us. Max group size is 12.

The tasks vary depend on the season. Minibus from SGCT HQ to site and return, tools, PPE and hot drinks are provided.

Charge: £100 per 3 hours per group. This includes all of above and training. Minimum of 3 hours. Tuesday or Wednesday.

Available throughout the year.

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Russell RowleyRussell Rowley

Trust Manager

Nathan MorrisNathan Morris

Countryside Officer

Cadi PriceCadi Price

Community Development Officer

Severn Gorge Countryside Trust
Darby Road
Coalbrookdale
Telford
TF8 7EP

Telephone: 01952 433880
Email: staff@severngorge.org.uk


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