We have lots of interesting tasks on our nature reserves!

People often ask if they can come and help – and of course, the answer is “Yes”!

Volunteering with Make it Wild is a great way to get some fresh air, do something useful, meet like minded people and give a bit back to nature. You will get to spend time in beautiful Nidderdale, or by the banks of the Nidd near Kirk Hammerton.

Tasks include conservation work like controlling gorse, spreading tree and wildflower seed, controlling invasive plants, and removing tree tubes from trees that are large enough to thrive without them. During the winter months we also need help with tree planting.

If you have experience, you can also help us with repairing dry stone walls, and some of the simple maintenance of our historic barns.

You will need to be reasonably fit. Bank Woods is quite steep in places; Dougill Grange is quite rocky under foot. Sylvan is fairly level. None of our sites have any conventional infrastructure. You will need to be able to get to our locations; for directions, click on the name:

Bank Woods

Sylvan Nature Reserve

Dougill Grange

Forthcoming dates:

Saturday 25th January 2020 – Bank Woods, planting trees

Thursday 20th February 2020 – Bank Woods, Family Volunteering session – 10.30-12.30, weeding young trees

Saturday 22nd February 2020 – Sylvan, removing tree tubes

If you need any more information, or would like to volunteer, please email helen@makeitwild.co.uk. For more information, and to hear all our news a few times per year, please let us have your email address in the box at the bottom of the page.

Thank you!