Other Volunteer Groups and Opportunities
If our current volunteering opportunities do not match your skills or interests, then why not get involved with another group in our parkland?
Elfield Bushcraft Group - Every Tuesday 11am to 2pm
Are a group of volunteers in Milton Keynes who, having attended the Parks Trust's outdoor learning program for adults, were inspired to continue with the group independently and with the agreement of the Parks Trust at Elfield Nature Park. The group provides an opportunity to learn new skills and experience the outdoor environment, whilst meeting like-minded people. There is a permanent basecamp with a parachute canopy for shelter where they practice bushcraft skills such as fire lighting without matches, shelter building, knot tying and spoon carving but always find time for a hot drink, cake and a chat around the campfire.
They also work with the Trust’s biodiversity team to help maintain Elfield Nature Park and assist with environmental and wildlife monitoring. Starting next Spring they are going to start a weekly butterfly count transect. A recent project involved building a wood store entirely out of greenwood found in the park and without using any nails. There are plans to build a hide for observing the wildlife, including the resident Roe deer - Rocky.
If you are interested in joining the group to help maintain the nature park and learn new bushcraft skills or would like more information, please email ElfieldBushcraft@gmail.com, or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/elfieldbushcraft
Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve
The Friends of Linford Lakes Nature Reserve (FoLLNR) are an independent group of volunteers that look after various aspects of the permit access only site. Volunteer duties vary from helping with the open Sundays to monthly practical tasks and summer events at the reserve. To join the Friends of Linford Lakes please follow this link to their independent website or Contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: FoLLNR, c/o Linford Lakes Nature Reserve Centre, Wolverton Rd, Gt Linford, Milton Keynes, MK14 5AH.
The Green Gym
There are now two Green Gyms in Milton Keynes to choose from or you could join both! To find your nearest one visit here
The first one is based at Linford Lakes Nature reserve and runs every Thursday morning but they do move to different project locations around the city, click here for more information miltonkeynesgreengym.co.uk
The second Green Green is based in the city centre on a Tuesday, for more information please contact Emma Eteen at Emma.Eteen@tcv.org.uk or click here for their Facebook page www.facebook.com/intuMKGreenGym/
Mid-shires Orchard Group - Every Third Saturday 2-6pm (BST) or 2-4/5pm (GMT)
An independent volunteer group that specifically look after orchards around the region, here in Milton Keynes the group helps The Trust to maintain Woughton Community Orchard on our behalf once a month. Sessions usually occur every third Saturday of the month in the afternoon, willing volunteers are most welcome. For further information, please visit their website or visit their Facebook page.
Our 'Afternoon at the Orchard' volunteer working parties take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month, throughout the year. Come along and join us for a few hours of enjoyable outdoor work, in a lovely orchard setting, with good company. Well-behaved children and dogs are welcomed to join in too. The orchards are a great place for youngsters to play and let off steam while their older family members work on the trees. Our regular canine contributors, Medical Detection Dogs Kiwi and Lexi, also enjoy having willing volunteers to throw a ball for them!
We'll bring water, squash, tea, coffee and biscuits/cake for break-time and we usually round off the day with a drink and chat at Ye Olde Swan. It's free to come along and join in. Donations are welcomed towards the refreshments, or bring some cake or biscuits to share.
For more details, please see their website here
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