You may have wondered how large areas of the Common are managed are largely free of litter and how the various animal houses came to be built-in Ridlands Grove. There is a great team of Volunteers that do much of the clearance/litter work. You can join this friendly team and become a National Trust volunteer. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends whilst helping with conservation work. The clearance team goes under the name of the Task Force (TF) and litter pickers are known as Guardians of the Common.

Task Force volunteers gather every Thursday morning at about 9am to spend the morning clearing overgrown parts of the Common and making running repairs to paths, car parks and notice boards. There are no fixed hours of work with some of the team carrying on after lunch. Whether you can commit to a half or full day it’s a great way to get some fresh air, exercise and afterwards well-earned refreshments at the Carpenter’s Arms.

All the hand tools you will need are provided by the National Trust or the Friends.

You don’t have to commit to come every Thursday but it would be very nice if you can. If you can’t manage a Thursday but can spare a few hours now and again, you could become a volunteer Guardian picking up litter and advising the NT Ranger of any fly tipping or fallen trees blocking footpaths/bridleways.

Use our Contact form to request further information.