Volunteering at Dalby Forest

Help make Dalby Forest a fantastic place

Join your local team of volunteers to learn new skills, meet new people, make new friends and enhance your local forest for the benefit of nature and the community.

Visitor Experience Volunteers

This enthusiastic team aim to help visitors get the most out of their visit to Dalby Forest. They could be giving general information about the facilities, advising on the best cycle trail or explaining where to spot our Gruffalo! Sometimes, we might need you to be out in the forest, sprucing up a spot to make sure we look presentable in all areas. Part of this role can also involved tending to the visitor garden in the courtyard, helping us refresh and maintain a peaceful space for all to enjoy.

Volunteering with us is a great way to get outside, meet people, learn something new and develop new skills – all in the stunning setting of Dalby Forest.

We will provide full training for the Visitor Experience Volunteer role. This will include an induction to the visitor centre and wider site. Visitor Experience Volunteers will be given formal training in manual handling and customer service.

Forestry England has a developed training programme for volunteers, so further training will be offered in a range of area where needed for your role. We will provide volunteer uniform and any PPE required for the role. Entry to the forest is free when volunteering. As a thank you to our volunteers we offer a free local forest membership once you have completed 35 volunteer hours.

Friends of Dalby Forest volunteers

Friends of Dalby Forest work with Forestry England on a variety of different tasks and events throughout the year, with regular meetings on the 2nd Sunday of every month. This group engage in a variety of practical outdoor tasks to enhance and maintain the Forest for everyone, with recent tasks varying from digging drinking pools for Turtle Doves, footpath maintenance, work at the enchanted wood play area, tending to willow sculptures and conservation of ancient monuments.

Bike Trail volunteering

Maintaining Dalby Forest and all of its trails takes some work! Dalby has some fantastic mountain bike trails and we work with volunteers to develop and maintain these. Our rangers run regular volunteer days on the mountain bike trails in Dalby Forest, usually on the 3rd Sunday every month. The mountain bike trails at Stainburn are maintained by SingletrAction in partnership with Forestry England, but please do get in touch if you are interested in volunteer with either group.

Arts volunteering

Dalby Forest boasts an array of artwork sculptures and pieces, designed to bring out the hidden depths of the forest and evoke curiosity and magic. From large to small, our sculptures and art pieces all need a touch of tender loving care and the help of volunteers is much needed. You will be given a full induction and learn about all of the art pieces in the Forest or on display in our gallery space We need help with setting up some of the exhibitions and support hands-on with the artists themselves in their workshops.