Skelton Grange

Volunteering Events

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We have a range of practical opportunities for people to get involved in volunteering at Skelton Grange - including wildlife surveys, training events and practical volunteer days.

Please see below for details and get in touch if you need any more information. We welcome new volunteers at all times, so please come along, but please get in touch to let us know if you're planning to come along to any of the events (there's a short registration form at the bottom of this page).

All events take place at Skelton Grange Environment Centre unless specified otherwise below.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult for all events.

Directions to the centre can be found here.

Evening Amphibian Surveys

A chance head out by torchlight to help with the annual amphibian surveys on our 5 ponds! Three surveys are planned to coincide with the breeding seasons of frogs, toads and newts. Wrap up warm and bring a good torch if you have one. Please register your interest in these volunteering events using the form at the bottom of this page!

Tuesday 10th March 6pm - 8pm - Frogtastic

Start of the season - looking out for frogs. We are also building habitat boxes from 1pm - 6pm, so come along early if you want to build a roost for a bat before you go hunting for frogs!

Thursday 16th April 7:30pm - 9:30pm Toad-ally awesome

Hoping (or hopping?) that this will be the peak of the toad breeding season.

Thursday 14th May 7:30pm - 9:30pm Newtiful

Finally, as it warms up - we aim to catch the newt breeding season.


Regular Friday Volunteering - The Green Team

Join the Green Team at Skelton Grange Environment Centre - regular opportunities for everyone to come along and help out with some practical tasks on our site. You don't need any experience, just enthusiasm!

  • Please arrive from 9:30am for cup of tea ready for a 10:00am start.
  • Generally sessions run until 3:30pm unless advertised otherwise.
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting mucky, and dress for the weather.

The Green Team - upcoming sessions and details

Friday 6 March 2015 9:30am-3:30pm. Spring Festival!

Days are getting longer, warmer and the snow drops are appearing. This can only mean one thing… It’s almost time for Skelton Grange’s Spring Festival.

This is a chance to welcome in the spring with a day of activities and workshops. Including, fruit tree grafting, mushroom growing (including mushroom logs) as well as some green woodwork and a bit of whittling!

With a campfire and food this will be a great way for us to bring an end to the winter season of woodland work, to say thanks to some of our regular volunteers and hopefully to welcome some new faces to Skelton Grange.

Friday 13th March 2015 9:30am-3:30pm. Wood you like to join us...

for some woodland management!? Help increase bio-diversity of the wood onsite and learn about the skills involved in keeping the woodland a haven for wildlife and a great place for a stroll by the river! Feel free to come armed with your own puns!

Friday 20th March 2015 9:30am-3:30pm. The path more travelled

Skelton’s getting busy; giving some old paths a makeover! As well as renewing the board walks near the pond so no one goes for a surprise swim come pond dipping season and finishing off any winter management tasks so that Skelton is well and truly ready to Spring into action!

Friday 27th March 2015 9:30am-3:30pm. Up the Garden Path

Skelton’s paths continue their makeover, this week we will be adding some wood chip to the mix. The parts of the site used in education days will also be getting some attention; ready for lots of tiny feet to get trampling and exploring!

Please note that all dates and practical content may be subject to changes.

Introduction to Hedgelaying: Friday 20th Feb, Friday 27th Feb, Friday 6th March, Friday 13th March.

A chance to sign up to our hedge-laying course which runs for four Fridays! Starting Friday the 20th the course continues on the 27th of February, 6th of March and Friday 13th of March and will be run by our colleagues at the practical team at Hollybush. Please note that this event is externally funded and has limited capacity.


Register your interest in our Volunteering Events now