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
THURSDAY 1st Jan Social event: New Year’s Day walk. Route to be decided, but you will be in Lop’s experienced hands. Lop (John) E.

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 2013)

Date Event Contact
TUESDAY 1st Jan Social Event: A relaxing New Year’s Day walk around the Wimpole Estate. A chance to blow away the cobwebs from the night before! Lop (John) E.
FRIDAY 11th - SUNDAY 13th Jan Working weekend away at Brancaster: Painting the upstairs bedrooms and main staircase in the Millennium Centre. No smelly paint just water based gloss and kitchen and bathroom paint instead of varnish. Maximum 20. (Don’t forget the weekend booking form!) Clyde S.
SUNDAY 20th Jan Melford Hall: Coppicing and thinning up in the Long Plantation. Andrew W.
SUNDAY 3rd Feb Wicken Fen: Wicken have received funding by a charitable trust to clear up areas of the Wicken Fen vision. The task will be helping the Ranger clear rubbish from areas of the fen. Janet N.
SUNDAY 10th Feb Committee meeting at Anglesey Abbey Any committee member
SUNDAY 10th Feb Anglesey Abbey: Possibly working along the riverbank cutting back growth along the garden side of the river. Tom H.
SUNDAY 17th Feb Hatfield Forest: Cutting young scrub in several conservation areas. Alison B.
SUNDAY 3rd Mar Wimpole Gardens Kyle V.
SUNDAY 10th Mar Houghton Mill Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 17th Mar Anglesey Abbey Val W.
SUNDAY 24th Mar Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse: Jo is leading her first task – no details at present but likely to be the annual spring clean. Jo H.
SUNDAY 7th Apr Wimpole Estate: Taking down fencing and maybe some wood chipping. Kyle V.
FRIDAY 19th - SUNDAY 21st Apr Working weekend away at Calke Abbey: work still to be decided. (Don’t forget the weekend booking form!) Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 28th Apr Lyveden Manor: opening up fenced off tree plantations and cutting back the grass to make them more presentable. Tony H.
SUNDAY 5th May Peckover House: tidying and clearing garden at the back of converted Georgian town house next door to Peckover House, which is to be a new holiday let. Jo H.
SUNDAY 12th May Anglesey Abbey: riverbank clearing and tidying. Janet N.
SUNDAY 19th May Melford Hall: Creating new dahlia beds on the North Lawn, turf removal and putting metal edging down. Tom H.
SUNDAY 26th May Hatfield Forest: clearing woody material from the marsh using loppers and stacking reed to burn. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 2nd Jun Social Event: A circular walk starting from Wilburton Church, taking in the hamlet of Aldreth and Haddenham. Around 5 miles. Clyde S.
SUNDAY 23rd Jun Anglesey Abbey: tidying around the new tree/shrub planting along the boundary bank to the new car park. Alison B.
SATURDAY 29th - SUNDAY 30th Jun Wimpole Estate: Helping with Wimpole’s scything weekend. Volunteers are welcome on both days but are primarily needed on Sunday. (If anybody wishes to help on Saturday contact Simon Damant direct on 07770 430992 or Val W.
SUNDAY 7th Jul Anglesey Abbey: Hedge trimming in Anglesey gardens and possibly some general maintenance within the grounds.
FRIDAY 19th - SUNDAY 21st Jul Weekend away at Belton: Work still to be decided but we are assured that it will be a wild weekend of camping and gardening. (Don’t forget the weekend booking form!) Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 4th Aug Barcham Nursery: Clyde has kindly agreed to give us a guided tour around Barcham Nursery, just outside of Ely. The nursery covers 300 acres and stocks over 450 varieties of tree, making it the largest of its type in Europe. Clyde S.
SUNDAY 11th Aug Social walk: This ramble may well involve a pub stop during or after the exertions. Lop will test – run (or walk!) a route for us nearer the time. Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 18th Aug Committee meeting at Wimpole – to be held in Phil’s shed – or in Phil’s words “Thou can use shed but it may be a reet proper room be then”. Any committee member
SUNDAY 18th Aug Wimpole Estate: No task details yet, but we will be working on the Estate, and Arthur has assured us that much fun will be had! Tom H.
SUNDAY 8th Sep Hatfield Forest: Helping with the WoodFest 2013 festival – an annual festival celebrating the Forest with local music, craft and stalls with over 80 acts on two stages. Locally sourced food, real ale and cider. The task will involve stewarding, litter picking and generally assisting where needed. To be confirmed
SUNDAY 15th Sep Wimpole Gardens: No task details yet, but is likely to involve some general maintenance – possibly in/around the walled garden. Janet N.
FRIDAY 20th - SUNDAY 22nd Sep Weekend away at Henman Bunkhouse (Leith Hill, near Dorking). Work is still to be decided however with a setting within the beautiful Surrey Hills this is bound to be a stunning weekend away. Janet N.
SATURDAY 28th Sep Extra task at Wimpole, helping with the annual Harvest Festival. There are no details as yet, but there’s likely to be a range of activities for volunteers to get involved with as part of this seasonal event at Wimpole. Pete J.
SUNDAY 29th Sep Anglesey Abbey: No details as yet, but rest assured that Robert will find us a fitting job or two for the final task of this quarter. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 6th Oct Wicken Fen (task at Waterbeach): Working at the Guardianship school. The outdoor area there needs some tidying. This will involve removing wayward brambles and stray ivy as well as some pond clearing duties. Tom H.
SUNDAY 13th Oct Wimpole Estate: Roll up, roll up – we have a ‘lucky dip’ of tasks on the Estate. There’s sure to be lots of different tasks to try your hand at. Something for everyone! Kyle V.
SUNDAY 20th Oct Annual General Meeting – Anglesey Abbey, Housekeeper’s Cottage, at 4.30pm, following the task. All welcome. Any committee member
SUNDAY 20th Oct Anglesey Abbey: A mixture of hedge cutting and fence repair work to generally smarten up the stable field site. Paul C.
FRIDAY 25th - SUNDAY 27th Oct Weekend away at Sheen Basecamp: Get your walking boots on for a social weekend in the Peak District. Open to all CNTV members, this should be a relaxing and scenic couple of days in the countryside. Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 3rd Nov Wimpole Estate: Fence removal and reassembly on the Estate. A chance for some very therapeutic nail-bashing (hopefully the ones in the wood rather than on fingers). Pete J.
SUNDAY 3rd Nov Committee meeting at Wimpole in Phil’s ‘Palace’. Any committee member
FRIDAY 8th Nov Anglesey Abbey: Helping out with the annual Winter Lights Festival which now runs over the last weekend in November and the first two weekends in December. As a reward for your efforts, you’ll be given a free pass for this, or another evening of this magical event. ‘Be enchanted as thousands of lights illuminate the gardens including our famous silver birch grove. Enjoy delicious seasonal fare, live music and entertainment’. Alison B.
SUNDAY 10th Nov Houghton Mill: End of season tidy-up and generally bringing order to the chaos at the end of the tourist season. Tasks will include tidying up branches and filling in any potholes in the car park. Lop (John) E.
SUNDAY 17th Nov Peckover: No task details yet. Janet N.
SUNDAY 24th Nov Wimpole Gardens: The drive at the front of the mansion is being re-aligned. We will be creating a crisp, clean edge. Val W.
SUNDAY 1st Dec Wimpole Estate: This Sunday’s task to plant hedges within the Estate. For the more competitive of you, it’ll be a chance to see who can plant the straightest line. Janet N.
SATURDAY 14th Dec Christmas Party: Paul and Sue have very kindly offered to host again this year. Please contact well in advance so they can plan who is taking what food/drink etc. Paul & Sue C.

Events in 2014

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 /
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 Committee meeting at Anglesey Abbey. Any committee member
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 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: / 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 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 16th Nov Committee meeting at the Housekeeper’s Lodge. Any committee member
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.

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