Corporate Volunteer Days

Is your business or organisation looking for a fun team-building activity? Do you want to make a positive difference to the Lake District’s beautiful landscapes? Are you looking to get involved in practical conservation activities? Then why not sign up for a group volunteer day; an exciting and rewarding day out with the Fix the Fells team.

What will the activities involve?
Your team will be able to get stuck in to a variety of Fix the Fells’ upland path work, under the guidance of our experienced rangers. Your tasks could include activities such as clearing out path drains, planting grass seed or re-building damaged paths, all in the setting of the stunning Lake District Fells. We will discuss the day with you prior to your visit, and can tailor tasks to your requirements, but whatever we choose we’ll make sure it’s fun and richly rewarding.

How big can our team be?
We can normally cater for groups of up to 15 people. For larger groups please contact our Ranger Matt Tweed (details below) to discuss your requirements Please note the minimum age for participants is 16.

How much will it cost?
It takes time and energy for our rangers to locate and prepare for suitable tasks for visiting groups. A full-day costs £500 for 1-10 people and increases by £50/person for 11-15 people. A half-day path maintenance run costs £250.

How fit do participants need to be?
We advise all of our groups that every participant needs to have a reasonable level of fitness, which we define as being able to briskly walk for up to an hour in a mountain environment followed by undertaking strenuous conservation work for a number of hours. However, we always emphasise the importance of team work, and a different role can be found for team members that may be finding the work challenging. We are an inclusive bunch, so you don’t have to be super-fit or super-strong to participate – but, for safety purposes, we do have to insist that all participants have a reasonable level of fitness to start with.

What equipment do we need to bring?
Nothing. All personal protective gear such as waterproofs, boots, and gloves will be provided by Fix the Fells. All tools will similarly be provided, and full instruction and leadership will be provided by Fix the Fells’ experienced rangers.

Where do the activities take place?
Activities can take place across the whole of the Lake District, but they often start at our volunteer centre: Basecamp, High Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria. LA22 0JE. The practical work may then take place on a mountain within a short drive from the Basecamp centre.

How long does it take?
Generally a full day from approximately 9am to 5pm

Do you offer any shorter alternatives?
Your group may be able to assist our volunteers with a ‘path maintenance run’ – a half-day activity that involves walking the length of a mountain path and maintaining the infrastructure along the route. These take place throughout the Lake District. Your group won’t be required to attend Basecamp beforehand, so you can meet us out on the fells: anywhere across the north, east, south and west of the Lakes to suit you.

How can I find out more information?
All of our group volunteering days are bespoke for each group we work with. We will be more than happy to discuss your requirements and design a day that meets your group’s needs and aims. To find out more please contact one of the following:

Matt Tweed: Fix the Fells Volunteer Development Ranger  Matthew.Tweed@nationaltrust.org.uk
Steve Tonkin: Fix the Fells Fundraiser  Steve.Tonkin@lakedistrictfoundation.org
Joanne Backshall: Fix the Fells Programme Manager joanne.backshall@nationaltrust.org.uk

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