"Even when the last scrap of dirt is washed out from under my nails I will still keep growing the seeds of inspiration that Trees for Life planted in me."

Sara, Brighton

Conservation Week volunteers must be 18 or over. You must be fit enough to undertake the practical work, including being able to walk over uneven ground, on a daily basis.

Sorry, but we cannot allow dogs on Conservation Weeks.

Though every effort is made to describe the details of each week accurately in these pages, it is occasionally necessary for Trees for Life to make changes at short notice to the work and accommodation.

  • Warm sleeping bag or bedding - depending upon location (you must check accommodation details before packing)
  • Wellies and/or waterproof walking boots - many volunteers find warm and comfortable wellies are the best option, bringing both is a good idea.
  • Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
  • Two sets of warm working clothes - not jeans! (cold, wet weather is a possibility)
  • Day pack (small rucksack)
  • Vacuum flask
  • Sandwich box for packed lunches
  • Container for drinking water
  • Warm hat + gloves or sun hat (think about the time of year of your Conservation Week/s)
  • A warm change of clothes for evenings
  • Towel, soap, toothbrush etc 
  • House shoes/slippers
  • Torch (ideally a headtorch)
  • Speciality foods if you are on a restricted diet or have any allergies or intolerances.
  • Midge repellent, (necessary during May, June and September) 
  • Gaiters (useful for tick avoidance) *
  • Hot water bottle *
  • A camera *
  • Extra snacks, such as chocolate, crisps, fruit bars etc *


* These items are optional

The pick-up point is the central concourse of Inverness railway station at 1pm on the Saturday (start date of your week). You'll need to make your own travel arrangements to get there, which may mean travelling to Inverness on the Friday and organising your own accommodation for that night. The Conservation Weeks take place some distance from Inverness, so it's not possible to return and pick up volunteers later. Similarly, it isn't possible to drive back to Inverness before the final Saturday. Therefore, please commit to the whole week if you wish to attend. For accommodation and local travel information contact Inverness tourist office (01463 234353). The Bazpackers Hostel (01463 717663) in Inverness and the Inverness Student Hotel gives a discount to Trees for Life volunteers. We return to Inverness railway station between 10-10:30am on the following Saturday.

If you have any queries or problems regarding your booking, please call us on 01309 691292. If you experience any problems or delays on the Saturday morning of your Conservation Week and are going to be late please call 07765 060525 (for Dundreggan weeks) or 07760 119357 (for all other weeks).

Please remember, 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 (condition of health, change of medication, injuries etc) as soon as possible, as we may be able to fill your place or amend your booking.

We encourage you to use public transport, as a far greener alternative, than flying or driving.

If you have any medical conditions, specific dietary requirements, mental health issues or are taking medication we need to know. Details are held in the strictest confidence. Please fill out the relevant section online when booking, or call the office in advance on 01309 691292. The vast majority of people can be accommodated, but we need to be made aware beforehand.

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