Volunteers play a major part in Fix the Fells. They undertake regular patrols of all our paths and provide a valuable work force to tackle some big and time-consuming jobs, thereby freeing up the National Trust’s upland path teams to concentrate on more specialist work. Some volunteers have now become so skilled that they even take on their own path repair projects. Working with volunteers is also a great way to help spread the understanding of the work to look after our fragile upland landscapes – there’s nothing like having laboured over repairing a path to make you realise that they aren’t just there naturally and they don’t just look after themselves!
Volunteering with Fix the Fells comes in many forms – click on the links below to find out more about them and perhaps get involved yourself …
Fix the Fells ‘lengthsmen’: The core of Fix the Fells volunteering. A large and dedicated group of volunteers that regularly walk all our upland paths to keep on top of basic maintenance, help build and repair them on work parties and support Fix the Fells in many other ways. A fun, social group with lots of opportunities to help look after a place very special to many people.
The young rangers: A group of local young people, aged between 14 and 18, who come out once a month with a dedicated leader and support team to get involved with and learn about both Fix the Fells and wider conservation work. A great way for young people to start taking first steps towards possible careers in the conservation field, or merely get out and about and get involved in something constructive.
National Trust working holidays: Residential weeks for up to 12 people aged 18 or above, staying in National Trust accommodation and working on path repair projects with skilled National Trust staff. Working holidays are a fantastic way to find out about the Fix the Fells project without a long term commitment and possibly make some new friends along the way as well.
Corporate volunteering: A fantastic opportunity for your organisation to get involved in practical conservation activities and help look after the Lake District’s beautiful landscapes. Great ways to ‘put something back’ with an exciting and rewarding team building day out with the Fix the Fells team.
Fell care days: Mass-volunteering practical conservation and learning events run by Friends of the Lake District, open to anyone and bringing together local communities, schools and volunteers from many different walks of life. The days are filled with a sense of shared purpose, fun, camaraderie and most importantly, lots of cake to help fuel volunteers through their tasks!
High Wray Basecamp: The National Trust’s full time volunteer centre in the Lake District, supporting and enabling a wide variety of community, educational and charity groups to get involved with conservation volunteering on a residential or individual day basis. With a proud history stretching back to 1969 Basecamp helps many people, including those not able to get up onto the high fells, to get hands on with work to help look after the Lake District.