There are many volunteering opportunities in Forestry Commission Scotland woodlands and forests, ranging from helping construct mountain bike trails to being a guide at an osprey project in the Scottish Borders.
- Get in touch with your local Forest District office in the first instance if you are interested in volunteering. They will be able to give you information on any voluntary work that might be available.
- You might also like to try the Volunteer Scotland website for more information on voluntary work in your area.
- Read our booklet, volunteering on the National Forest Estate, to find out what some volunteer groups are already doing.
Current volunteering opportunities
The Central Scotland Volunteer Community Champions Programme
Would you like to learn new woodland skills while helping people in your community? Working with the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO), we have developed a traning programme that will teach environmental, bushcraft and leadership skills, allowing you to gain new experiences and build new relationships whilst delivering woodland sessions to your community group.
For more details: Central Scotland engagement projects
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle
If you're looking for new skills and experience, how about volunteering at your local forest Visitor Centre?
At the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle, we are looking to add to our growing team of volunteers to help support the visitor experience by talking to visitors, providing information on trails, ensuring facilities are clean and litter free, helping out at events and assisting with monitoring the site and car park.
Get in touch and see what volunteer opportunities we have for you.
For an application pack please contact:
Nik Harris, Visitor Services Supervisor, Forestry Commission Scotland, Cowal & Trossachs Forest District, Aberfoyle, FK8 3UX.
Bailies of Bennachie, Aberdeenshire
On the first Saturday of every month the Bailies of Bennachie run work parties on the hill to undertake work such as footpath maintenance, removal of rhododendron from native woodlands, archaeological survey work and more.
For more details: Bailies of Bennachie
Glentress 'trailfairies' - volunteer trail building and maintenance team
The Glentress Trailfairies are volunteers who help out with maintenance work on the existing mountain bike trails and hand-build new sections of singletrack at Glentress Forest. They meet fortnightly on Saturdays at 9.00am. It's a fun and sociable way to give something back to the trails.
For more details: Glentress Trailfairies on Facebook
Tweed Valley Osprey Project
If you're interested in helping out with the Tweed Valley Osprey Watch, contact the Dumfries and Borders District office.
Trees for Life - Conservation Holidays and Conservation Days
Trees for Life is a charity working to restore Caledonian forest to 1000 square miles of the Highlands west of Inverness. They run conservation holidays at a number of Forestry Commission Scotland sites across the Highlands, including Glen Affric, Glen Moriston, Glen Garry, Achnashellach and Skye.
Volunteers participate in a wide variety of tasks, including tree planting, removal of non-native species and nursery work such as mulching, potting and seed sorting. Accommodation, meals and all transport is provided.
For further details, to view availability or to book a holiday: www.treesforlife.org.uk/tfl.ww.html.