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Heaths Need People

Heaths are shared spaces that need people. If heathlands aren’t actively managed by people they will be lost.  Historically these sites were routinely harvested and grazed by commoners. Amongst other things commoners would use birch to make brooms and cut heather to heat bake ovens.

Heathland is therefore a man made habitat and if it isn’t actively managed it quickly turns to woodland. The lack of management and an increase in development, agriculture and other pressures over the past two centuries is what has lead to its decline.

We need your help!

To complete this project we are going to need some help.  There are many opportunities for volunteering which will include training that we can offer as part of this exciting new project.

Heathland management techniques include:
-Scrub removal
Controlled burning
-Rotational mowing
-Creation of bare ground

You can help us by attending heathland management work parties and becoming a practical management volunteer. See the practical management timetable.  (Please check this regularly as it continues to be updated)

Alternatively read the following role descriptions below and see if any of them appeal to you and your interests:

To express an interest in any of these roles and find out further details please email

If you would like to share your stories about the heaths and are happy to be interviewed by a volunteer please email  we would love to hear from you.

If you have read the role descriptions and would like to officially join our volunteers, please email stating which roles you are interested in becoming involved with, to receive a sign up form.

Please allow time for a response and we will get back to you as soon as possible