You will spend a week in one of four beautiful locations in the Scottish Highlands, planting trees or carrying out other work to help restore the ancient Caledonian Forest.
There are four key elements which we believe contribute to the quality of our volunteers' experience:
There are up to ten volunteers on a week, with two skilled and experienced Focalisers. You must be 18 or over to participate. There's no upper age limit but the work can be physically demanding, so you will need a reasonable level of fitness. However, volunteers usually find a pace of work they can cope with and we also offer Tree Nursery Weeks, which are more gently paced.
We provide full accommodation including vegetarian or vegan food and transport to and from Inverness. The weeks start with an introductory walk and most days run from 9 am to 5 pm, with cooking and other chores done on a voluntary rota basis. Each task is explained and demonstrated before you begin and we provide all necessary tools and safety equipment. Wednesday is a day off - you may choose to do something with the group, explore the local area or spend time on your own. In the evenings you have time to relax, eat, read, play games or tell stories - whatever you feel moved to do!
We ask that volunteers refrain from booking two consecutive weeks until they have first attended one. Conservation Weeks can be both physically and mentally demanding and so we do insist on new volunteers experiencing one before committing to another.
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Harriet Owens, volunteer