Conservation volunteering with Trees for Life offers a rewarding and hugely enjoyable opportunity to restore native forests and wildlife habitats. Our volunteers have planted over one and a half million trees and we are continually working to expand the forest with millions more.
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Please read our terms and conditions before completing your booking.
We will contact you to confirm your Conservation Week booking, and will ask you to sign a declaration form and inform us of your travel plans. This information is vital for the smooth running of your week.
Conservation Week participants must be 18 or over.
Cancellations or transfers made 6 weeks or more before the Conservation Week start date will receive a full refund minus a £10 administration charge. Cancellations or transfers made between 6 and 4 weeks before the start date will receive a 50% refund minus a £10 administration charge. Transfers or refunds cannot be given for any cancellations made within 4 weeks of the start date. As there are only ten places available on each week it is very important that we are notified of any cancellation or change in your booking as soon as possible, as we may be able to fill your place. If you pull out of the week without notifying us, the group's work will be affected by your absence and there will be financial implications for us.
Membership discounts are non transferable. When booking more than one person onto a week at the same time, the 10% membership discount should only be applied if all individuals are members. Otherwise separate bookings should be made.
We need to know if you have any medical conditions or have any mental or physical disabilities or any previous injuries which may affect your ability to work, and whether you are taking medication. We may contact you to discuss this. Details are held in the strictest confidence. Please fill out the relevant section on the booking form and inform the office of any changes that occur in the period leading up to your Conservation Week. The vast majority of people can be accommodated.
Volunteers are covered for public liability and limited personal accident cover during the course of their week. Our insurance does not cover your personal belongings nor cover your free time activities. We recommend that participants take our their own travel insurance at the time of booking.
Please commit to the entire week, which runs from Saturday to Saturday. We have essential introductory briefings on the first day and a planned schedule of work for the week. If you arrive late or leave early it is very difficult for us to achieve our goals.
You can do as many Conservation Weeks as you like but we don't accept bookings for more than 2 consecutive weeks. This is due to the nature of the physical work you will be involved in, as well as group dynamics. We may contact you to discuss consecutive bookings.
Although every effort is made to describe the details of each week accurately in our literature, it is occasionally necessary for Trees for Life to make changes at short notice to the work and accommodation. If you have any questions please contact us. Rarely, weeks are cancelled due to low numbers or factors outside of our control. In such cases we will try to let you know beforehand and offer an alternative week or full refund.
Volunteers should act responsibly in both group and social settings throughout the week as you will be acting as representatives for Trees for Life. Recreational drugs are illegal and any use during the Conservation Week will not be tolerated. If alcohol is consumed we request that it is done in a responsible manner so as to not affect group or work dynamics.
We reserve the right to refuse applications for Conservation Weeks or to ask a volunteer to leave if his/her behaviour is affecting the safety or general performance of the team. Volunteers may be responsible for any costs incurred through negligence.
In the unlikely event of you having cause for complaint, you should first tell the Conservation Week leader. If the problem remains unresolved you should write to Trees for Life within 14 days of the end of the week and we will investigate further.
Sorry but we cannot allow dogs on Conservation Weeks.
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by Kira Tverskaya
"The kettle's already boiling on the gas stove, and you smell the wood of the bothy and the mountain mist in your hair. Time to wake up..."
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