DoE Girls helping children make birdfeedersNEW DATES FOR AUTUMN 2018 JUST RELEASED (Candidates complete a minimum of 12 hours over 6 sessions)

YAFFLES 10.15 - 12.15: October 7th; November 4th; December 2nd: These sessions give you chance to work with our staff to help our younger members (under 8's) and their adults explore nature and the Common.

Conservation Work Parties 10.00 - 13.00: October 14th; November 11th (Remembrance Sunday session); December 9th (followed by Midwinter Munch!) Join our Manager, Will for this regular conservation work party where you have chance to work alongside conservation volunteers from your local community, out and about on the Common.

Open Day 10.00 - 12.00 OR 13.00 - 15.00: October 27th. We will need help with a range of things (helping with group activities, making teas/coffees, giving directions - everything that goes with volunteering at a small public event!)

Saturday Craft & Science - Making for Midwinter 10.15 - 12.15: November 10th (making bath bombs); December 1st (candle and card-making); December 8th (collecting greenery and making indoor decorations) These sessions give you chance to work with our staff to help older children (7+) and their adults explore outdoor art, nature & science.

 Hi there!  

Thank you for popping in to find out more about volunteering with us. Barnes Common is a great place and we think all of the Common and Vine Road Recreation Ground are pretty special, but some of our habitats, particularly our lowland acid grassland, are nationally scarce, so every bit of everything you do really does make a difference. 

Previous candidates have collected seed from a flower meadow to be sown the following year, helped younger members make special food for pine cone bird feeders, and got stuck in opening up an overgrown area, transforming it into a welcoming woodland trail.  This sensory space is a particular favourite with our SEN learners. 

Our programme runs in the Autumn term.  This doesn't disturb wildlife, fits well with exam revision time, and is designed so you can achieve your goal by the end of term.


Where  Start and finish at Vine Road Recreation Ground SW13 0NE unless stated otherwise.

What you get

  • Practical conservation work that can include the safe use of hand tools, map reading and species identification.  
  • Work with other DoE candidates and experienced conservation volunteers.  
  • Share your own skills, knowledge and ideas with our young junior conservationists.
  • Sessions run regularly on the first and second Sunday morning of the month and you need to attend both.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided, but you will need to dress appropriately - see below: 

What you give

  • Commitment:  We expect to see you regularly, but should missing a session be unavoidable, it is the responsibility of the candidate (that's you!) - not your parent or guardian, to let us know. 
  • Lots of energy, enthusiasm and smiles Smile


When & What

  • See above dates, times and sessions at top of page.

  • Candidates must complete 12 hours over six full sessions.

Getting it levelHow: 

Candidates and their parent/guardian need to complete and return a CONSENT FORM 

Dress for mess!  Layer up, be prepared to get wet, sturdy footwear an absolute must, water, hat, sun cream (!)

An up to date tetanus is usually recommended when working outside, but you should consult your GP about this.

Supervising staff have DBS clearance, first aid and relevant qualifications. 


If you would like to know more, please get in touch - we look forward to hearing from you!