As a small grass roots organisation, volunteers are key to the success of Friends of Glenan Wood.

  • We are keen to encourage new volunteers to get involved, and for most activities no experience is necessary.
  • Friends of Glenan Wood runs both weekly and ad hoc volunteer sessions and you do not need to commit to coming every week.

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Woodland Management Volunteering

Working with volunteers is central to achieving our vision. Volunteers allow us to connect with local and wider communities and our aim is to offer opportunities to people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Our regular Woodland Management Volunteering sessions happen every week. No experience is necessary and new faces are always welcome.

Please let us know if there is a particular aspect of volunteering that you are particularly keen to get involved in.

Examples of woodland management volunteering activities
  • Supporting ringbarking of non native conifers
  • Making small exclosures for trees to grow in
  • Maintaining & developing our community orchard
  • Tree planting
  • Removing tree tubes
  • Surveying sites for biodiversity and deer impact
  • Removing non natives such as rhododendron
  • Maintaining paths, bridges and boardwalks
  • Wildlife Monitoring
  • Creating wildlife habitats
Example kit list (what to bring)
  • Waterproof clothing suitable for work – you will get mucky, don’t wear your best gear
  • Thermals
  • Work gloves if you have them
  • Sturdy waterproof footwear for walking on rough muddy terrain and carrying out manual work
  • Packed lunch and hot drink
  • Clothes suitable for being outside all day

Calendar of woodland management days

To attend a session please contact rhyddian@glenanwood.org.uk

Not all volunteers plant trees…

(Other ways to volunteer)

Although our regular woodland volunteers are vital to the habitat restoration work of Glenan Wood, this is not the only way to be involved. There are plenty of other volunteering opportunities including wildlife surveys.

Occasional site volunteers

Not able to commit to the same day every week? No problem – please still get in touch, even if you are only able to volunteer a couple of times a year!

Weekend camps

We occasionally run weekend camps to allow us to work in more remote areas of our sites. Volunteers hike in, work the day, wild camp, work the next day, hike out, go home and have a great nights sleep! If you are willing and able to spend two days camping in remoter parts of the wood, this is the event for you. If you are not sure, we suggest you attend one of our conservation days to meet the team and experience the terrain.

Wildlife-camera monitoring

We need volunteers who are able to monitor a camera and collate images. We also plan for fixed point photography at our deer exclosure sites to monitor regeneration.

Wildlife monitoring

We are establishing a network of volunteers who are interested in being involved in species surveys – we are particularly keen to hear from people who can commit to training events or already have these skills or are able to supervise other people conducting surveys.

Become a Trustee

Friends of Glenan Wood has a board of trustees with a variety of skills.


If you have a particular skill you would like to donate to our work please get in touch – fundraisers, artists, photographers, builders, office admin fairies, lawyers, accountants, calligraphers, camp kitchen master chefs, event organisers and more. One of the major positive outcomes of the pandemic, was that we are all used to virtual meetings and remote work – you don’t have to be able to access the wood, to volunteer your time.

To get involved, please contact our forest ranger Rhyddian at rhyddian@glenanwood.org.uk