Landscapes for Life
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are some of the UK’s most cherished and outstanding landscapes.
Every year volunteers donate their time and skills to help us conserve and enhance the AONB landscape.
Volunteering is a rewarding way to get directly involved in the work of the Wye Valley AONB Unit. As well as conservation work, volunteers help in other ways. During the 2018 Wye Valley River Festival volunteers made walking staves for ‘pilgrims’ to use on pilgrimage walks to the ‘Museum of the Moon’ art installation at Tintern Abbey and they also led these popular walks.
Perhaps you would like to be a steward at the Festival and help us promote the AONB to Festival visitors?
Or you may have specialist knowledge of the AONB or its wildlife that you would like to share with others. Sharing knowledge and learning new skills, making new friends, getting fit and improving your wellbeing whilst discovering some of the most beautiful countrysides in the UK, are some of the rewards of volunteering with the Wye Valley AONB Unit. Our volunteers include students, retirees, career changers and part-time workers and we always welcome new volunteers.
Here’s a great opportunity to be involved with the 2020 Wye Valley River Festival. We are looking for volunteers who would enjoy welcoming visitors to River Festival sites and champion the Festival and the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to visitors. We have lots of roles, some front of house, some more practical, some behind the scenes. Roles will include acting as a welcoming and reassuring contact at the entrance and on site. Handing out programmes and orientating visitors. Where appropriate (Tintern Abbey) providing visitors with further information about the location and the art on show. Providing visitors with information about the AONB. We are also looking for volunteers who would like to help with torchlight processions, marshalling and theatrical hosting. Key dates are: 2-3 May Symonds Yat, 10 May Shire Hall Monmouth, 7- 17 May Tintern Abbey
The Volunteer task force makes a special contribution to the conservation and management of the Wye Valley AONB. Volunteers work on landscape and wildlife conservation tasks, including drystone walling, scrub clearance, tree planting, hedging and improvements to pathways. Conservations tasks are held monthly throughout most of the year. They are an excellent way to learn a new skill, meet new people and become knowledgeable about the AONB and the landscapes and wildlife that make it so special.
The AONB also welcomes volunteers who are prepared to offer a block of time to help develop a particular project or assist with research. These opportunities may particularly suit students looking for work experience.
For more details contact Sarah Sawyer via email or complete an application via the link below.