Community Volunteering Opportunities
Want to spend more time outdoors and help to improve the
environment? Use the links below to find out more about
environmental volunteering opportunities in Bedford;
On this page you can find out more about the different
volunteering opportunities Bedford Borough Council offers, click on
the opportunity form in each section to find out further
Register as a Volunteer
To register your interest in any of our volunteering
opportunities please complete a volunteer registration form
. By completing the form your details will be added to
the volunteer database to automatically receive regular updates on
Fill out the volunteer registration form online
Registration Form (to download, print and this can
be emailed or posted to the Team- see form for
Frequently asked questions - click the link on the left hand
Community Volunteering Newsletters
Download the latest Newsletter
and Events Diary February- April 2015.
Edition- published October 2014
Edition- published May 2014
Edition- published January 2014
In Parks/Open Spaces
Priory Country Park
The Priory Country Park Rangers hold a monthly volunteering
session in the park carrying out a variety of practical
conservation tasks from building new steps to coppicing willow and
invasive species control. The volunteer days are open to everyone,
but under 17's need to be accompanied by an adult.
For a programme of events and more information please refer to
their website at http://www.priorycountrypark.co.uk/.
Download the Priory
Country Park Opportunity Form for more details.
Harrold Odell Country
The Harrold Country Park Rangers also hold monthly volunteer
conservation days and weekly volunteer sessions. For a
programme of events and more information please refer to their
website at http://www.hocp.co.uk/.
The Bedford Park volunteer gardening group meets on the 1st
Sunday of every month at East Lodge at 10.00 am for a two hour
session. Working under the direction of the Park’s staff, the group
undertakes a range of necessary functions, including the
maintenance of the community herb garden created by the group some
three years ago. New volunteers would be most welcome – for further
details contact Howard Darbon at email@example.com
Addison Howard Park
The Green Man Community Garden is situated in a
disused area at the back of the Park, and is a wonderful
resource for the local community.
Monthly Saturday volunteer sessions are held in the garden, but
as the garden is open to the public, we welcome you to use the
space and if you can help with weeding/watering in between events
please let us know.
If you would like to find out more about the garden, please
refer to the Green Man Community
garden web page or contact the Team on the details at the
bottom of this page.
Download the Green Man
Volunteer Opportunity Form for more details.
Friends of Putnoe Woods and Mowsbury
Join in conservation volunteer sessions held on
Wednesday afternoons. The friends group have their own
Park Champions is a new scheme. Park Champions is similar
to the Street Champion Scheme, where Champions are issued a
starter pack detailing how to report issues they may see. Champions
will also have access to equipment to use in their park. We also
hold regular Park Champion events across our parks that anyone can
get involved in (tasks include litter picking, planting, minor tree
maintenance, tidy up work, bench painting etc).
Download the Park Champions
Opportunity Form for more details.
Friends of Bedford Cemetery- Foster Hill
This small group meet alternate Thursdays between 10-12 noon to
do various task around the cemetery including sweeping, tidying up,
ivy removal etc. The group are also undertaking research into
the graves as well as establishing the wildlife and plantlife that
live on the site. for more information contact Margaret Carpenter
on 01234 360003.
Litter Picks, Rivercare, painting projects, daffodil
The Community Volunteering Team have a year long calendar
of events that volunteers can attend. From community litter picks,
ups, daffodil bulb planting, community
painting/art projects and other volunteering
opportunities. Details of the events can be found in the newsletter
diary and further information by clicking the links above.
Download the Rivercare
Opportunity Form for more details.
Download the Community
Clean Ups Opportunity Form for more details.
Street Champions is a volunteer scheme headed by
the Community Volunteering Team to encourage residents to take
a more active role in their community. by signing up they get an
A-Z handbook which details how to report environmental issues and
an equipment list which enables residents to have equipment such as
graffiti wipes, posters and litter pickers. Champions can give as
little or as much time as they want and cover as many streets as
they wish. For more information on the scheme please refer
to the Street Champion page.
A Junior scheme is also open for young people aged 5-16, more
details can be found on the dedicated Junior
Street Champion webpage.
Download the Street
Champion Opportunity Form for more details.
Download the Junior
Street Champion Opportunity Form for more details.
Originally two disused garage sites, the plots at Milburn Road
and Elliott Crescent in Goldington are now two thriving community
gardens. There is always plenty going on in the gardens and
help is always appreciated in the maintenance and ongoing
development. If you are interested in getting involved in the award
winning gardens please contact
Nursery Gardens (open every day)- Jim Robinson 07747704558
Milburn Gardens (open every Tuesday morning) - Kathy Wright
All ages and abilities welcome, visit
Rights of Way
There are over 900 kilometres of public rights of way throughout
the Borough of Bedford and volunteer help is invaluable in helping
to keep this network clearly marked and accessible for all
Help the Rights of Way Team to carry out condition surveys
and help fix issues that have identified from the survey. All
volunteers will be given training, support and the materials
The Team are now also carrying out volunteer task days on the
third Tuesday of every month. Details of these can be found in the
events calendar (above) or call Phil Fox on 01234 276070.
Tasks run 10am- 1pm.
Download the Rights of Way
Survey Opportunity Form for more details.
Bedford Tree Fund
Bedford Tree Fund is an independent charity working to support
the planting and upkeep of trees in the parks, streets and open
spaces throughout the Borough of Bedford.
They raise funds from individuals, groups and organisations to
support tree planting in the Borough.
Volunteers are sought to help with a range of administrative and
promotional tasks relating to the Fund.
Download the Bedford Tree
Fund Opportunity Form for more details.
A number of events are held throughout the year by the
Environment and Sustainable Communities Team. volunteers are
welcomed to support these events by getting involved in planning,
setting up, taking photographs, running stalls, serving
refreshments, meet and greet, delivering flyers and leaflets. If
you are able to help at events please tick the relevant box on the
registration form and the Community Volunteering Team
will get in touch to let you know about local events you could
volunteer at. See below for contact details.
Download the Event Support
Opportunity Form for more details.
Community Volunteering Team
Tel: 01234 718276