Cambridge National Trust Volunteers

About us

What do we do?

Photo - Burning scrub at Ickworth

Burning scrub at Ickworth (Photo: Andy T.)

We undertake practical outdoor work for the National Trust, including

We have tasks most Sundays, although we also organise volunteering weekends four times of a year and social events including walks, pub meets and punting trips.

Where do we go?

Photo - Hunting ragwort at Orford Ness

Hunting ragwort at Orford Ness (Photo: Jo H.)

Much of our Sunday volunteering is split between the local properties Anglesey Abbey and Wimpole. However, amongst other places, we also work at

Weekend tasks usually take us further afield, giving members a chance to discover different Trust sites.

Why do we do it?

Photo - Tea and cakes

Tea and cakes (Photo: Paul H.)

There are many reasons to volunteer outdoors – you might want to help the Trust, get some fresh air away from the office, or just have fun!

In any case, voluntary work is not a one-way process. As members we get to explore many beautiful Trust sites and through our interactions with Trust staff learn about property histories, future developments and day-to-day workings. Going on a task usually entails meeting new people and working within a team. In such an environment, barriers are quickly broken down and the result is a friendly group of people who like getting stuck into a task as well as socialising and having fun together.

Many members appreciate the physical challenges of the tasks and find it a good form of exercise. It need not be intensive as there are many jobs to be done and we expect people to work at their own pace: after all we are there to enjoy ourselves too.

Photo - Making a new path at Wimpole

Making a new path at Wimpole (Photo: Tom H.)

An added bonus is that if you complete 50 hours voluntary work within the calendar year you receive a free volunteers’ card which gives free entry to all Trust properties and a 20% discount in the many property shops and restaurants, such as those at Wimpole.

More about us

We have details of our Sunday and weekend tasks; there’s also an advertising flyer.

A committee runs the group and is elected at an Annual General Meeting.

If you’re interested in joining CNTV, or have any questions, please do contact us.