Snowdonia Society

The Snowdonia Society aims to protect, enhance and celebrate Snowdonia, its wildlife and heritage. The Society wants to work together with local communities, organisations and businesses to achieve this vision. Join us to help make it a reality! We undertake conservation and enhancement work in the National Park; monitor management and planning policies; make recommendations to the relevant bodies and undertake lobbying and campaigning work where appropriate; and promote access and enjoyment for all in Snowdonia.

The Society runs a regular programme of conservation tasks throughout the year to help maintain the natural beauty of Snowdonia. Led by Bea Kelsall, the Society's Volunteer Co-ordinator, groups meet all over the Park and carry out a variety of activities.

Workdays are organised both during the week and at weekends and range from just half a day to a weekend of work. We work in partnership with other organisations such as The Snowdonia National Park Authority, The Countyside Council for Wales, The National Trust, the Forestry Commission, and a host of others. If you want to gain experience or make a career of countryside management you will get to meet and work with countryside professionals.

Volunteering work is very varied and can involve upland footpath maintenance and construction, clearance of invasive species such as Rhododendron ponticum, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam.

We also clear fly tipping, litter and other eyesores in the Park as part of 'Operation Clear Up'. Maybe you want to do something creative instead? Well, there are opportunities for wildlife gardening in our substantial garden at Ty Hyll, or you may fancy tree planting and habitat creation?

You do not need any previous experience as full training is given and volunteering is open to all. Many of our volunteers are already Society members. This however is optional, and is not a requirement for volunteering for us.

A reasonable level of fitness and ability is required for some of our tasks, as is a love of being outdoors (in all weathers!!)
 
Miners Track Maintenance
Miners Track Maintenance

A reasonable level of fitness and ability is required for some of our tasks, as is a love of being outdoors (in all weathers!!)

We are working to ensure that the beauty and diversity of the landscape, wildlife and heritage of Snowdonia are preserved and enhanced for future generations to enjoy.

We carry out regular volunteer workdays to help enhance and maintain the natural beauty of the National Park for local residents and visitors alike.

We carry out practical conservation work and would love you to come along and join us!


It’s your Snowdonia - come and help to ensure its survival in these changing times...

Why Volunteer?

  • Explore Snowdonia
  • Meet new friends
  • Keep fit and active
  • Get training
  • Gain valuable experience
  • Sense of achievement
  • Play an active part in protecting Snowdonia
  • General information

 
Himalayan Balsam Clearance - complete with EOCA Buff!
Himalayan Balsam Clearance - complete with EOCA Buff!

Volunteers will need:
Warm work clothes, waterproofs, sturdy footwear (such as hiking boots or wellies with steel toecaps) is essential. Trainers or other light shoes are not acceptable.

We provide:

  • Tools, gloves, training, insurance, First Aid Kit
  • Travel expenses to/from work sites can be paid at a rate of 25p/mile up to a maximum of £15
  • Full risk assessments are completed before each activity and a First Aider is always present
  • All under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult
For further details on volunteering:
Please contact
Jenny Whitmore, Conservation Snowdonia Project Officer on 01286 685498 or e-mail jenny@snowdonia-society.org.uk for workdays/attendance enquiries,
or
Conservation Snowdonia Project Manager Bea Kelsall bea@snowdonia-society.org.uk for group enquiries/community engagement activities.
Or visit our website by clicking HERE.


 
If you are an individual who loves the great outdoors and would like to support our projects, please click the donate button below. During 2017, all money donated will fund tree planting in Nepal as part of our 2 Million Tree Project.
The funding that EOCA and Original Buff, S.A. have given Ennerdale's Squirrel Woodlands has enabled us to make a massive step change in our conservation of red squirrels, allowing us to purchase equipment, employ local people and support the local community in extending native woodlands and helping keep red squirrels in the valley. The simple funding process has meant we can focus on doing real tangible stuff on the ground"
Gareth Browning, Wild Ennerdale