The wood depends on our volunteers to do simple maintenance tasks such as cutting back vegetation to keep paths clear, removing ragwort and scrub in the field for grazing, repairing fences, clearing drainage channels and other tasks as they arise. We train suitable people on powered equipment to comply with Health and Safety and insurance requirements.

We hold work parties over the winter the first full weekend of the month although this is dependent on weather and other commitments.

During the summer we often hold weekday morning sessions which proved popular when (grand)parenting duties were not so demanding. Post-Covid we will look to reinstate these.

We generally start at 10am and work for a couple of hours. Tea and coffee is usually available. It is a great opportunity to make new friends while doing something useful and keeping fit.

Around August/September time, cattle are brought into Farther Barn Field to graze off the summer grass. We have to monitor them daily and look for people to help us. There are usually three or four so counting them is not difficult unless they have burrowed into the hedge. It is usually done in the morning and suits people walking dogs, or taking other exercise.

Due to Covid restrictions no workparties have been formally planned during 2020/2021 until Covid restrictions are lifted. We email updates of times and places so if you could help us, however limited and even if only occasionally, send your name and contact details to commonwoodvolunteer@gmail.com to register your interest and receive updates on volunteer activities.