Volunteers play a huge part in supporting the work of the National Park Authority. They contribute a great deal including:
We recruit volunteers as and when opportunities arise, this means we are able to recruit for different roles throughout the year. You can find out what volunteer opportunities we are currently recruiting on the current opportunities page.
"Contrary to the name, being involved in the Archaeological network of volunteers is not just about digging holes in the ground trying to find that something special, it is also about protection and conservation of our heritage sites.
Despite the weather that we occasionally may face in this area of the world, waterproofs required, I have found it never dampens the spirit of the volunteers who enthusiastically carry out the task required.
The sense of satisfaction when we have cleared a heritage site of invasive bracken is brilliant. You arrive in the morning with your slasher at the site and feel daunted by the task ahead; thick bracken growth and little can be seen of these hidden Lake District heritage treasures. After a few hours working in an amazing landscape, burning a few extra calories, relieving any stress and in great company you look back at the area and you've cleared it, knowing you've had an impact in protecting the Lake Districts often hidden heritage features.
Learning has also taken place through workshops and training, continually having the opportunity to develop and learn new skills to further enhance my understanding of the archaeological world, fun and informative these are again a great aspect of the volunteer network.
Being involved in the network has ignited a passion for archaeology, ok so I have not unearthed any special artefacts yet, but I have discovered facts and features of the landscape I was unaware of, met some fantastic people and developed new skills."
"During my career I had to write readable material for a wide audience. I wanted to keep up my writing skills and was very keen to learn about all the activities that the National Park played.
Initially I felt my role was to be an article writer and was keen to write about what interested me. So I have accumulated a research file on a range of topics, I felt at liberty to research this wonderful area which I have loved since childhood.
Now I see my role as facilitating others to contribute and it's great to see the rewards. Most people, with encouragement, can put together a short piece. Looking back over previous editions has made me aware how much I have learnt from these contributions.
I am also involved with other volunteering including park management, events and Brockhole, meaning I meet a good cross section of volunteers. Overall I have had a positive experience over the past five years."