Cambridge National Trust Volunteers

This is just a taster of the programme: short-notice events are often announced on our email list. Members should use the username and password they were given to download the full programme including contact telephone numbers. Non-members can join here.

Date Event Contact
SUNDAY 8th Mar Wimpole Estate: Task to be confirmed but likely to be either hedge laying, tree planting or constructing tree guards. Val W.
SUNDAY 15th Mar Houghton Mill: General tidying up at the beginning of the season, plus the installation of new signing for the caravan site. Jo H.
SUNDAY 29th Mar Wimpole Gardens: Continuing the work started in February in the gardens to help realise the Garden Vision. Alison B.

We have maps, route finders and travel instructions available for lift sharing, cycling and driving. Task leaders will find guidance notes and the form for recording task hours in the members’ area.

Recent events (from January 2014)

Date Event Contact
WEDNESDAY 1st Jan Social event: A New Year’s Day walk starting at Anglesey Abbey. This should blow away those New Year’s Eve cobwebs! Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 5th Jan Wimpole Estate: Hole-digging in preparation for tree planting in the park later in the programme. Pete J.
FRIDAY 10th - SUNDAY 12th Jan Working weekend away at Brancaster: Cancelled as a result of the unfortunate storm damage suffered in December.
SUNDAY 19th Jan Swaffham Bulbeck: Yes, this task is somewhere a little different than usual. The Wicken Fen team have got us reclaiming the Gutter Bridge plantation. The land has been unmanaged for years and needs to be whipped into shape before it’s released back to the local community. Paul C.
SUNDAY 26th Jan Lyveden New Bield: Clearing the garden beds at the Manor House (no moat work involved this time!) Paul C.
SUNDAY 2nd Feb Committee meeting at Anglesey Abbey in Housekeeper’s Cottage. Any committee member
SUNDAY 2nd Feb Anglesey Abbey: Woodchipping the pathways that need a little TLC after the winter. Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 9th Feb Wimpole Estate: Filling our previously dug holes with trees and tree guards. If time permits, there may also be some fence removal. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 16th Feb Oxburgh Hall: There’s a range of tasks on the 15th century manor house estate – coppicing, footpath maintenance and vegetation clearance should keep everyone busy. Janet N.
SUNDAY 23rd Feb Lyveden New Bield: More coppicing this time, but at Lyveden. For those of you who perfected this on the previous task, it’s a chance to show off your skills! Tom H.
SUNDAY 2nd Mar Wimpole Gardens Alison B.
SUNDAY 9th Mar Melford Hall: Working in the Long Plantation where we’ll be planting more trees. Janet N.
SUNDAY 16th Mar Wimpole Estate: Tree planting on the estate. A chance for those of you who missed out last time to have a go! Val W.
SUNDAY 23rd Mar Anglesey Abbey: Clearing and generally maintaining the woodlands in the grounds. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 30th Mar Wimpole Home Farm: We’ll be helping out with the annual lambing event, and, if you can tear yourself away from the new additions there will also be the opportunity for some fence removal in the Farm grounds. Val W.
SUNDAY 6th Apr Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse and Houghton Mill: Tidying and de-cobwebbing the gatehouse at Ramsey ready for its reopening to the general public and then on to Houghton Mill to finish up any jobs that are left over from March’s task. Jo H.
SUNDAY 13th Apr Wimpole Gardens: Archaeological style work behind the walled garden to uncover the remains of the old tomato house. Time Team fancy dress optional. Lop (John) E.
FRIDAY 18th - MONDAY 21st Apr Extra task at Anglesey Abbey: Helping with the Easter egg trails! The role will involve greeting visitors, handing out trail sheets, explaining the route and handing out Easter eggs. There is no set leader for this task so if you wish to help out then please contact Linda Goudie at Anglesey Abbey directly on 01223 810 390 / Linda.Goudie@nationaltrust.org.uk
SUNDAY 4th May Wimpole Estate: will most likely involve fence removal on the estate. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 11th May Moggerhanger Park: Working in the walled garden, general tidying, clearing brambles and other weeds – remember to bring your gardening gloves! Alison B.
SUNDAY 18th May Anglesey Abbey: Cutting ivy away from the tree bases around the garden. Although pretty, this evergreen can get a little invasive at times! Tom H.
SUNDAY 18th May Committee meeting at Anglesey Abbey. Any committee member
SUNDAY 1st Jun Lyveden New Bield: Helping out with general summer tasks around the grounds around the house, which will include strimming the banks and mounds. Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 8th Jun Melford Hall: we may be tidying around pond edges among other gardening-based tasks. Janet N.
SUNDAY 15th Jun Social walk: Time to stretch those legs in the countryside. Route to be confirmed but it’ll be in the region of 7-8 miles so bring a packed lunch and some sturdy boots. There’s a fair chance of a visit to the pub afterwards for those who are in much need of some liquid refreshment! Jo H.
FRIDAY 27th - SUNDAY 29th Jun Working weekend away at Belton House, helping Jon the head gardener on a range of tasks. As usual we shall be camping on site, so tents and sleeping bags are required! (Also, as usual, you’ll need the weekend booking form.) Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 29th Jun Anglesey Abbey: Something a little different – applying a wood preserve to the tool shed and preparing/painting the potting shed at the Nursery Garden. Paul C.
SUNDAY 6th Jul Wimpole Gardens Janet N.
SUNDAY 20th Jul Wimpole Gardens Paul C.
SUNDAY 27th Jul Social Event: Bike Ride! Route to be decided, but you will be in Tom’s experienced hands. Meet at Anglesey Abbey car park at 10am. Tom H.
SUNDAY 3rd Aug Ickworth Gardens: Working in the Albana Woodland. This is work ongoing from the Suffolk volunteer group, so obviously we have to show ’em what we’re made of. We’ll be pruning laurel and clearing brambles. Tom H.
SATURDAY 9th Aug Social Event: PJ will be holding a BBQ and tools cleaning social at his house. Late afternoon till late. Please bring your own food. PJ will provide the barbecues (veg and non-veg) and hardware. “For the adventurous there will be a special viewing of the shed where tools are kept. And for the brave: cleaning and oiling and marking of gloves, making a list etc.” Pete J.
SUNDAY 10th Aug Committee meeting at Wimpole Any committee member
SUNDAY 10th Aug Wimpole Home Farm: A fairly easy-going task tidying and weeding the Farm. Plus, as always, a chance to meet the animals. Alison B.
SUNDAY 24th Aug Anglesey Abbey: Hedge cutting in the gardens to tidy the grounds up a bit. One of those tasks where you can really see a difference afterwards. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 7th Sep Hatfield Forest: Stewarding at the annual Woodfest music festival. The three-day event at the historic hunting ground in Takeley starts on Friday September 6 and will feature more than 80 acts across two stages. If you would like to get involved then please contact Ian (the Warden) directly. Ian P.
SATURDAY 13th Sep Extra Task – Willington Dovecote: Celebrating 100 years in NT ownership. The task is assisting with stewarding/car parking. There may even be a Hog Roast included. Please contact Philip directly if you’re interested in helping out. Philip O’D.
SUNDAY 14th Sep Moggerhanger Park: The task will involve border clearing and soil preparation for planting. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 21st Sep Lyveden New Bield: Helping at the Apple Weekend – apple picking from the orchard and use a simple apple press to help juice the apples for visitors to have a taste. To be confirmed
FRIDAY 26th - SUNDAY 28th Sep Working weekend away at the Chilterns Basecamp Barbara C.
SUNDAY 5th Oct Anglesey Abbey: Cutting back the ivy around the garden that has been growing rampantly over the summer months. Tom H.
SUNDAY 19th Oct Annual General Meeting at 4.30pm in the Gardeners’ Bothy following the task in Wimpole Gardens. Any committee member
SUNDAY 19th Oct Wimpole Gardens: working in the pleasure gardens outside the walled garden Val W.
SUNDAY 26th Oct Wicken Fen: Maintenance work at our wild campsite. Looking after trees, fixing shelters and the eco loo, and building some steps. Kyle V.
NOVEMBER 2014 - DECEMBER 2014 Extra tasks at Anglesey Abbey: Linda is looking for volunteers to help at Winter Lights this year – with some similar jobs to last year but also some new roles too. Help is required on the following dates: 28, 29 and 30th November; 5, 6 and 7th December; 12, 13 and 14th December. These will all be evening events, with different roles starting and finishing at slightly different times, but roughly 5-9pm, at the latest. If you would like to help then please contact Linda Goudie directly on: Linda.Goudie@nationaltrust.org.uk / 07825 028385 / 01223 810390
SUNDAY 2nd Nov Wimpole Estate: Digging tree holes for this year’s planting Kyle V.
SUNDAY 9th Nov Lyveden New Bield: Woodland thinning and hedge laying. Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 16th Nov Committee meeting at the Housekeeper’s Lodge. Any committee member
SUNDAY 16th Nov Anglesey Abbey: Wood chip spreading ready for the Winter Lights event. There are extra tasks to help with the Winter Lights festival later in the programme for those who’d like to get involved. Alison B.
SUNDAY 23rd Nov Wimpole Home Farm: Exact task to be decided, but it’ll focus in preparing the farm for Christmas. Yes, it’s that time of year again! Paul C.
SATURDAY 6th Dec Social event: Christmas Meal – Paul and Sue have once again graciously offered to open their home to their fellow CNTV members for a bring and share Christmas meal. Paul and Sue C.
SUNDAY 7th Dec Wimpole Estate: Taking down a fence in the South Avenue. Alison B.
SUNDAY 14th Dec Oxburgh Hall: Working on the new Natural Play area in the woodland adjacent to the Den Building plus some other woodland based tasks if time permits. Ruth S.
SUNDAY 21st Dec Social event: walk – route to be decided Pete J.

Events in 2015

THURSDAY 1st Jan Social event: New Years Day walk. Join Lop for a walk of approx 5 miles around the Wimpole Estate and finish with a bowl of soup in the Wimpole Restaurant. Lop E.
SUNDAY 11th Jan Wimpole Estate: Task to be confirmed but likely to be either hedge laying, tree planting or constructing tree guards. Ruth S.
SUNDAY 18th Jan Melford Hall: Woodland work in the shelter belts around the property. Mainly clearing dead wood and generally tidying up. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 25th Jan Anglesey Abbey: Ground preparation work for the planned silver birch plantation Tom H.
SUNDAY 1st Feb Wimpole Gardens: Working in the gardens to help realise the Garden Vision Ian S.
SUNDAY 8th Feb Committee meeting at Wimpole following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 8th Feb Wimpole Estate: Task to be confirmed but likely to be either hedge laying, tree planting or constructing tree guards. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 15th Feb Melford Hall: Continuing the removal of dead wood and the general tidying up of the woodland shelter belts around the property Paul C.
SUNDAY 22nd Feb Houghton Mill: In 2015 the National Trust will be taking over the running of the caravan site at the Mill. As part of the preparation for this, our help is needed with the construction of a new workshop and compound on the caravan site Lop E.
SUNDAY 1st Mar Anglesey Abbey: Exact task to be confirmed nearer the time Ian S.

A selection of older events may be found in our programme archive.