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volunteer to revive our Lost Woods

Volunteer for the Lost Woods project and help protect our ancient woodlands for future generations.

There’s lots of ways to get involved and make a real difference to our natural spaces on your doorstep, all while learning new skills and meeting new people.

From volunteering for hands-on conservation to connecting people with nature – there’s a role for everyone.

Volunteer conservation roles

Get outside and hands-on with the practical tasks of conserving ancient woodland. Your reward will be watching your local woods revive and wildlife return – and you’ll build a deep connection with a place you can return to with pride. Plus volunteering increases physical and mental wellbeing.

The skills you learn could lead to a future career or volunteer role in conservation or woodland management. We’re also keen to hear from volunteers who can lend their existing conservation skills to this project.

You might help with:

  • coppicing – cutting back trees and shrubs to stimulate growth
  • removing invasive species – to support our native species 
  • biological surveys – recording information on where, when and what wildlife and habitats can be seen
  • creating leaky dams – to support wildlife and reduce flooding
  • recording veteran trees – finding and protecting Sussex’s oldest and most notable trees.

We can also help match you with local training opportunities and conservation groups who need your time and skills.



Support communities to engage with nature

We want to support everyone to find a way to connect with local woodlands and build a community around them – from woodland owners and volunteers, to visitors and those who have never explored the woods before.

If you’re interested in running activities and meeting new community groups, you could:

  • help with events and engagement
  • support forest school, John Muir Award, children’s and family activities
  • help people from disadvantaged backgrounds and overlooked communities to access woodlands, conservation and nature activities
  • be a wildlife champion, helping people to learn more about our woodland species.

Contact us for support if you have an idea that you would like to develop for the benefit of woodlands and their communities.

Volunteer communications roles

Help share the Lost Woods story with local communities and beyond, showing the impact of conservation work and inspiring more people to care for their local woodland.

This is a great way to develop skills in media, creative and communications.

Roles include:

  • graphic designer – get inspired by our beautiful ancient woodlands, creating imagery and resources to connect people with nature
  • content writer – unearth project stories, edit thought-provoking blog posts or share the latest news
  • admin support – help keep our volunteers, supporters and communities connected and up to date.

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Meet your volunteer coordinator, Liz

Hi I’m Liz – I’m looking forward to helping you find you the perfect volunteer role, so you can join us in supporting our wonderful local woodlands. Everyone’s welcome here.

I work with disadvantaged communities, supporting them to volunteer, have their voices heard and campaign for better services. I’ve also worked with children and adults with special needs on forest school and woodland projects. And my love of plants led to a diploma in herbal medicine.

Drop me a line at the link below and I’ll arrange to phone you for a chat – or answer your questions by email if you prefer.