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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 details.


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 volunteering opportunities.

Fill out the volunteer registration form online

Volunteer Registration Form  (to download, print and this can be emailed or posted to the Team- see form for details).


Frequently asked questions - click the link on the left hand side menu.


Community Volunteering Newsletters

Download the latest Newsletter and Events Diary May- June 2015

Previous newsletters;

Spring Edition- published February 2015

Autumn Edition- published October 2014

Summer Edition- published May 2014

Winter Edition- published January 2014


Volunteering Opportunities

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

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


Bedford Park

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



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 Hillfort

Join in conservation volunteer sessions held on Wednesday afternoons. The friends group have their own website and newsletter.


Park Champions

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 Road

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.


Everywhere else...

Litter Picks, Rivercare, painting projects, daffodil bulb planting

The Community Volunteering Team have a year long calendar of events that volunteers can attend. From community litter picks, river clean 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

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.


Golden Gardens

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 07714338630

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 users.

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 needed.

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.


Event Support

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.


Contact Details

Community Volunteering Team

Tel: 01234 718276




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