Newbattle GroundsStart Date: January 2019 onwards

Staff member responsible for volunteer: Community Woodland Ranger

Newbattle Abbey College is Scotland’s life-changing residential college. We offer adults, most of whom have few or no qualifications, the opportunity to experience a high-quality, transformative learning experience. The College is set in 125 acres of beautiful parkland just outside Edinburgh and the historic building and peaceful surroundings make it a unique place to learn and study.

As part of its developing curriculum, Newbattle has recently developed its Forest College as a national centre to support leadership of adult and community learning outdoors. Its aims include to:
– Promote lifelong learning through alternative routes to achievement
– Connect people to the forest and outdoors
– Develop creative learning and teaching
– Support learning for sustainability

We are looking to set up a group of volunteers that will assist the Community Woodland Ranger with practical woodland management tasks in Lord Ancrum’s Wood to help improve the woodland for both wildlife and people.

Could you be one of our volunteers?
No experience is necessary, we want to hear from you if you are enthusiastic about the environment and free to join us at regular sessions. At these sessions, you will help carry out practical tasks, where you will be outdoors for most of the day and in all weathers. You will be working alongside other volunteers and enjoy being part of a team. Everyone is welcome, although under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Your time
Minimum: after the initial taster session, once a month – Saturdays between 10am – 3pm
Duration: Ongoing
Period: All year round

Benefits for you
You’ll be part of a friendly, growing team of staff and volunteers, who want to maintain Lord Ancrum’s Wood for both people and wildlife. We’ll provide training, personal protective equipment and a beautiful site to spend time in! It will give you the opportunity to gain new skills in practical woodland management and wildlife identification, whilst also meeting new people and making friends. This is a real opportunity to make a significant difference and give back to the local community.

How to apply:
Contact Laura Goble on 0131 663 1921 or for information and to arrange an informal introductory meeting and a taster session. Following this, you will complete an application form. If group is full, you will be added to a waiting list and informed of available spaces.