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Play your part in helping Hainault thrive for wildlife and people

The landscape of the forest here at Hainault is vast and varied, and the activity we deliver is too, so there’s all kinds of tasks where help from volunteers is hugely appreciated. The voluntary support we receive helps us achieve much more than we could by ourselves and means that the forest, its wildlife and our visitors all benefit.

Open to all


Volunteering at Hainault Forest is flexible, and everyone is welcome regardless of your background, skills or previous experience. We know that time is precious, so although some roles may have a minimum commitment, we’ll work with you to create an opportunity that fits in around your lifestyle.

We’ll also make sure you have everything you need to carry out your role safely and enjoyably, whether that’s the right tools and clothing or providing opportunities for training and skills development.


Meet New People

We’re a social group too, so it’s a great way to meet new people, forge friendships and work alongside others that have shared interests.

Current Volunteering Opportunities

Here’s what volunteering roles are currently on offer at Hainault Forest – if you spot something that takes your fancy, get in touch!

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Volunteering Days

We have a range of volunteering days here at Hainault Forest, from forest workdays to action days, you’re sure to find something that suits you. See what’s on here


Become a Volunteer

Farm Assistant Volunteers will assist with animal husbandry on Foxburrows Farm. Volunteers shadow staff members for the day to day running of the farm.

Standard daily routine: 

  • Morning feed   
  • Mucking out  
  • Grooming  
  • Routine health care  
  • Exercise and train animals. 
  • Afternoon feeding 
  • Grounds maintenance and repairs  

Visitor Experience Volunteers will be based on the farm greeting the public, answering any questions the people may have, and enforcing the rules (No food, no smoking, no dogs etc.)

Please note: Due to a high volume of applications, farm volunteer applications are temporarily closed.

The Woodland Trust are operating our brand new visitor centre; a one stop shop for all things Hainault Forest and an essential part of every visit. You’ll be meeting and greeting visitors, helping in the shop, providing useful information and being a friendly face of the forest.

Find out more and apply now

If you have some spare time on your hands and enjoy the great outdoors, why not help us to look after Hainault Forest? It’s a great way to exercise, meet new friends and help the environment, all at the same time.

Volunteer Workday sessions run every Friday and Saturday. Meet at 9:45am to start work at 10am, finishing at 2:30pm. Volunteers are free to leave at any time.

We meet in the second car park of Hainault Forest. What we do each week is based on the forest management plan, and can include planting, scrub clearance, path maintenance, painting, habitat creation, and more.

No pre-booking or previous experience is needed; just turn up on the day. Wear some sturdy, shoes, dress for the weather and bring any drinks and snacks you might want.

Join our ranger John for a Monday morning forest clean up! Help us keep our forest clean, protecting our wildlife at the same time. These litter-picking sessions run every Monday, from 10am to 12pm. We meet in the second car park of Hainault Forest.

No pre-booking or previous experience is needed; just turn up on the day. Wear some sturdy, shoes, dress for the weather and bring any drinks and snacks you might want.

You’ll be a part of the Forest Volunteers Working Group, assisting the volunteer officer with the management of volunteers between and during the workdays.
This will include:
  • Providing support during volunteer workdays
  • The practical tasks of the given workday
  • Prepping sessions (on occasion)
  • Preparing and putting away equipment before and after volunteer sessions
  • Tool maintenance
  • Being another first-aider during the sessions

In this role, you’ll be helping the community rangers to deliver events at Hainault Forest. As well as helping out during the event, you’ll lend a hand with preparation, set-up and take-down too. You’ll also act as an additional first-aider during the events.

Contact us to find out more!

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