Practical Conservation Task Volunteer

    If you are interested in volunteering to help wildlife and biodiversity of Milton Keynes, then this is the role for you.

    Join our group tasks and practical volunteer team in helping to create new and improved habitats for the fantastic wildlife we have in our parks and reserves.  Typically we organise three tasks per month, every first and third Wednesday and second Saturday to give everyone the opportunity to take part.

    These group tasks are open to anyone over 18 or those who are 16 and in college studying landscape or countryside management.

    Our Practical Conservation tasks are organised and supervised by a member of staff covering a wide range of activities:

    • scrub bashing
    • coppicing
    • hedge laying in the autumn and winter
    • pond work
    • planting in the spring/summer
    • construction jobs
    • invasive species control and painting in the summer
    • Grassland Management

    The tasks are planned on a quarterly basis and you will be kept informed of these by the volunteers newsletter, email and on the Volunteers secured section of our website.

    For more information you can read our Biodiversity Action Plan here

    To register your interest, please complete our online registration form by clicking here.


    Discover our parks

    • Great Linford Manor Park

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      Great Linford Manor Park is a special, heritage-rich park set within the old village of Great Linford. It contains features that were first laid out centuries ago, including ponds and a Wilderness Garden which represent the English Landscape style of garden design that became popular for country estates during the 18th Century.

      Refreshments
      Refreshments and food can be found nearby at The Black Horse and the Nag’s Head which are open for lunch and supper. Milton Keynes Arts Centre has a small café where drinks can be purchased.

    • Ouzel Valley Park

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      The Ouzel Valley Park meanders from Caldecotte Lake in the south to Willen Lake in the north. The park has a spacious, open atmosphere with long views. Much of the land is farmed by The Parks Trust rearing our own cattle and sheep, between the livestock you can still see the remnants of an old field system with the ridge and furrow still visible. Incorporating the historic villages of Woolstone and Woughton, the park is bordered on its western side by the Grand Union Canal.

      Refreshments
      There is the Ye Olde Swan pub at Woughton on the Green and a further two pubs - the Barge and the Cross Keys – that are located on Newport Road in Woolstone village.

    • Stanton Low Park

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      Stanton Low Park - St Peter's Church

      Stanton Low Park lies to the north of Milton Keynes and offers attractive views across the valley of the River Great Ouse. It is one of Milton Keynes’ more recently-created parks (officially opened in 2016) and lies between the Oakridge Park residential area and the Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. A children’s play area has been provided for use by local residents.

      Refreshments
      Refreshments are available from the nearby Black Horse pub next to the Grand Union Canal. There are shops selling food at the Oakridge Park Local Centre.

    • Howe Park Wood

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      Howe Park is probably the woodland mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Parts of it may be rare surviving fragments of the 'wildwood' that covered the whole of lowland Britain after the last Ice Age, 6-11,000 years ago.

      Refreshments
      There is a café at Howe Park Wood serving cakes, drinks and cold foods.

    • Interested in becoming a volunteer at Howe Park Wood centre? Click here to find out more:
      Howe Park Wood Education Centre
    • Every year we help around 6,000 people to learn about their local environment through outdoor learning sessions. The school and community groups that take advantage of Milton Keynes’ fantastic outdoor classrooms are amongst the parks’ most enthusiastic visitors.
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    • Discover your park
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