Exmoor National Park celebrates Volunteers’ Week 2023
Exmoor National Park Authority are joining thousands of charities and voluntary organisations, to encourage people to make a difference and get involved in volunteering with us.
2023 marks the 39th year of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) and Exmoor National Park Authority are joining thousands of charities and voluntary organisations, recognising the contribution volunteers make across the UK.
With this year’s theme of ‘Celebrate and Inspire’ we want to encourage people to make a difference and get involved in volunteering with us in whatever way works for them.
The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and un-recognised, so taking the time during Volunteers’ Week to celebrate their efforts and all they contribute to our society and local Exmoor communities has never been more important.
During Volunteers’ Week you are welcome to try your hand at some practical conservation activities at Ashcombe Gardens in Simonsbath, where volunteers are helping bring a wild 19th century garden back to life.
On Monday 5th June 10am – 3pm our Volunteer Support team and volunteers will be working on site and happy to show you what is happening around the garden this summer. Or meet our volunteer walk leaders, on one of our free guided walks and discover fascinating aspects of Exmoor’s history and beauty.
Tues 6th June – Lynmouth Flood Guided Walk, 2pm - 4pm
Wed 7th June – Dunster Outback Guided Walk, 11am – 1:30pm
Our volunteer team will also be at the Talking Café in Minehead Methodist Church Mon 12th June 10am – 12pm to chat about our monthly Communities for Nature Activity Days on North Hill and volunteering in general on Exmoor.
Volunteer Support and Partnerships Coordinator Jackie Kiberd said:
“Volunteers' Week is a chance to celebrate and recognise the fantastic contribution our volunteers make. Volunteers bring their enthusiasm, skill and creativity and help look after Exmoor. They are a joy to have on our team. Volunteering is a fantastic way to learn more about and help care for Exmoor and brings a great many benefits both to the individual and community.
One volunteer summed it up saying: "Being able to work outdoors in such a beautiful spot, helping look after somewhere makes me feel better - especially knowing my efforts are helping others gain enjoyment from Exmoor too.’’