This week  (1-7 June) is National Volunteers Week, so it’s a great opportunity to find out more about volunteer conservation work in Cumbria, and it’s a great time of year to get outdoors, have fun, get fit, meet new people and help care for the landscape at the same time.

We offer hundreds of volunteering opportunities across Cumbria supporting our conservation work to secure a landscape that is beautiful, diverse, accessible and enjoyed by all.

At just one of our properties at High Borrowdale, volunteers have planted 4000 native trees, completed 7 days of dry stone walling and eaten around 1000 pieces of cake – essential on any Friends conservation day for motivation!

Jean Savage, volunteer,

High Borrowdale is such a wonderful place to spend time and the volunteers are always a generous and interesting  bunch. It’s not all hard word, there’s always plenty of time for cake which keeps us motivated! We calculated 490 pieces of cake eaten during tree planting sessions but we’re still a pretty healthy lot considering!

We have volunteering opportunities on offer at 56 conservation work days in 2017 and three mass volunteering Fell Care Days, including one at Keswick Mountain Festival next week.

You could be drystone walling during Volunteers’ Week on Wednesday 7th June at Mazonwath, near Little Asby, Orton or trying out a range of volunteer conservation activities at the Keswick Mountain Festival Fell Care Day on Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th June.

 Sharon, Fell Care Day volunteer,

I just wanted to say thanks for a great day at the Rusland Fell Care Day, had a fantastic time!  Was great to try something different and meet new people, hopefully the deer fence I helped with is still standing!  Look forward to helping out at a few more volunteer days!

To book on activities at Keswick Mountain Festival Fell Care Day see:

Our volunteer conservation work parties continue year-round; you can take part in tree planting and maintenance, dry stone walling, gorse and bracken control, caring for upland paths and other conservation work. For dates and information visit: