Volunteer in parks and open spaces

We can offer you volunteering opportunities in:

  • countryside management
  • gardening
  • environmental education

You can sign up to volunteer in Poole and view current volunteering opportunities.

If you are under 18, you can only volunteer with us when you are referred by children's and young people's social care.

Friends of parks and gardens

Friends groups are community run groups who help with everything from practical work to fundraising.

If you would like to offer some help to your favourite park or natural habitat, contact your local friends group. If you'd like to volunteer in Poole park, you can visit the Poole projects website.

Gardening volunteers

Upton Country Parks volunteer group meet to help maintain the grounds around Upton House. Staff provide instructions and tools to volunteers and are happy to help newcomers.

Heathwatch volunteers

Poole's Heathland's Facebook page has more information on our heaths, volunteering and the cattle that graze our sites.

We have a local network of Heathwatch volunteers who help us work on heaths and keep an eye on them when they are nearby. We can also organise team building days for your group or business.

Wildlife sightings and surveys

You can access Dorset Environmental Records Centre to record your sightings of different species of wildlife you have seen around Dorset.

Living Record allows you to record your wildlife sightings and send them to organisations working in conservation.

The data you collect can influence the conservation of species at a local or even national level.These contribute to wider surveys such as those run by the British Trust for Ornithology or the Butterfly Conservation.

Street Watchers

We launched Street Watchers in 2008. The scheme encourages people in Poole to take part in community events, litter picks, and reporting environmental issues.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our Street Watchers scheme. If you would like to find out more about this scheme, please call us on 01202 261700 or email environment@poole.gov.uk.

Environmental education

We offer family wildlife events and school visits at Upton Country Park. These are popular, and we're looking for the right person to join in!

You would be helping run educational activities for primary school children, youth groups and families.

Some things you might be doing include:

  • guiding people around parks and open spaces
  • running activities such as minibeast hunting, pond dipping and environmental games
  • speaking to groups about local parks and their flora and fauna
  • running craft activities
  • helping create learning resources

For more information, you can contact Upton Country Park.

Poole Enviroteers

Poole Enviroteers aspires to get all members of the Poole community volunteering and taking part in their local open space environments. 

You can carry out a litter pick on your road, by your home, or in your nearest park with the support of Poole Enviroteers.

Volunteer in your local community

There are a lot of charities and sporting organisations that are looking for volunteers to help them.

Your local volunteer centre have more local volunteering opportunities. You can also use the Do-it database for current opportunities.

Page last updated: 01 November 2018
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