Volunteer stories

What do our volunteers really think?

Find out by reading the Conservation Volunteers blog and the volunteer stories below.

"Joining the Nidderdale AONB Conservation Volunteers was one of the best things I ever did. I now get to spend my Tuesdays out in the fresh air, getting very muddy, working hard and learning lots of new skills such as willow spiling, dry stone walling and hedge laying. Not only that - I now have a whole new group of friends and am doing good for the environment into the bargain. What more could anyone want? Special outfits with AONB logos? We've even got those too!"

Ros Evans, Nidderdale Conservation Volunteer

“In an area like Nidderdale the opportunities for volunteering are almost unlimited but the AONB offers a range of interest that few can match. After nearly 12 years of volunteering I’ve learned a lot about conservation of the countryside and about birds and wildlife generally. Areas of the Dale I would probably have never seen are now familiar. The people I’ve worked with whether volunteers or working experts have all been friendly and helpful and no matter what the weather, we get a lot of laughs. Mind you, some of the puns are pretty dire! But if you like fresh air and exercise and making new friends, this is for you.”

Tony Knowles, Nidderdale Conservation Volunteer

"I joined the Nidderdale Conservation Volunteer group five and a half years ago when I retired, and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of the experience. I love the outdoors, so to be helping in some small way to improve the local countryside every week is nothing but a pleasure. I have learnt so many new skills along the way too, but perhaps the best thing of all is that the group of people I have met are a great bunch of new friends."

Ros Kemp, Nidderdale Conservation Volunteer