We are delighted to announce our first designated Duke of Edinburgh Lead, Dr Myszka Guzkowska.

Myszka is Vice Chair of Friends of Barnes Common and has extensive experience working with and assessing candidates at Bronze, Silver and Gold award levels. She is keen to develop robust volunteering opportunities for local young people and would love to hear from prospective candidates. Contact Myszka

When to apply

Places are very limited and it is best to apply no later than September, although applications are accepted year-round.

Start and finish at Vine Road Park SW13 0NE unless stated.

Volunteering Opportunities (subject to availability and season)

  • Practical conservation work: This could include safe use of hand tools, map reading or species identification.
  • Helping with our education groups: This could include storytelling, sharing your own experiences, sowing and growing
  • Environmental work: This could include litter picking or species monitoring

Previous work has included saving seed from a flower meadow, helping junior members make bird feeders, helping to create a sensory woodland trail, market research, installing posts at Barnes station to stop cars damaging the Common.

You will have opportunity to work alongside experienced conservation and education volunteers. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided, but you will need to dress appropriately. Training and supervision are provided throughout. Lead staff have DBS clearance, first aid and all relevant qualifications.


  • Candidate and parent/guardian return completed consent form (download here)
  • Dress for mess! Layer up, be prepared to get wet, sturdy footwear an absolute must!
  • We advise consulting your GP about tetanus
  • Contact Myszka for more details or to apply.

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