Practical Conservation Support

Volunteering with the Trust is a great way to spend time outdoors, meet new people and help us improve the river.

Our volunteers are vital and carry out practical tasks that improve habitat and make the river a better place to be. 

Volunteer Tasks:

  • Restoring riverbanks using traditional skills like willow weaving
  • Hedge laying to slow the flow of water
  • Tree planting to tackle climate change
  • River clean-ups to reduce plastic in rivers
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Tackling invasive species that out compete native species


  • Although you don't need formal training or experience to be a TRT volunteer you do need a level of physical ability as most tasks are practical and invlolve, lifting, carrying and walking of some description. The ground is often uneven in areas where we work and volunteers must tell us if they have any medical needs, allergies etc.
  • We work in all weathers, rain or shine and so volunteers must come dressed for the weather and provide their own lunch, sunscreen, insect repellent and sturdy shoes etc
  • The volunteer day usually does not exceed 4 or 5 hours depending on where we are working and what the task is. We do expect individuals to work as a team while out on task, we have a lovely group of like minded people.


  • Accessibility
    We work at different sites many of which are nor suitable for disabled access
  • Age restrictions
    16 years and older unless accompanied by an adult
  • Expenses reimbursed
    We can refund travel expenses up to a certain amount.
  • Ongoing support
    You will always be accompanied by our Volunteer Coordinator
  • Training provided
    Opportunities do come up to be trained in specific things such as Riverfly ID, Herbicide application etc
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 23/01/2024

End Date: 31/12/2025

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