Conservation Volunteers

Restoration of Alice Holt Arboretum in Lodge Enclosure, south of Bentley Station. This project is into its seventh year and the local volunteer group is now part of the Voluntary Rangers Service of the South Downs National Park.

It is a conservation project involving pathway restoration, recovery of open spaces, planting of new trees, the opening up of trails and vistas to improve visitor experience. Visit our website at for more information. 

Some of the heavier work is done by contractors and the volunteers move in afterwards to carry on with more hands-on work. Over the past few years we have cleared scrubbed up glade and created new areas for specimen planting. Picnic areas have been created and an all weather circular path laid down.

The aim is to create a landscaped arboretum that is both interesting as a tree collection - we have a fine grove of Redwoods - and attractive to wildlife as a habitat. We opened our new Tree Trail in 2014 and last year completed, with contractors help, a new entrance and further repair to the footpath network.

We are active on a monthly basis meeting on the third Sunday, starting at 10.00am and finishing at 1.00pm. There is a full range of woodland jobs to do suitable for any level of able bodied capacity.


Conservation work using hand tools for landscaping and forestry management.

Able to work as part of a team.

Able to manage rough terrain, this is not gardening!


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
    Risk assessment
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
    Public Liability
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 25/01/2016

End Date: 26/05/2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No No No No No No Yes
Afternoon No No No No No No Yes
Evening No No No No No No No


Lodge Enclosure
off Gravel Hill Road
GU10 4LS

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