Volunteering in Parks
Ways you can volunteer in Bedford's parks and open spaces
Whether you have half an hour to spare or more, there are lots
of ways that you can volunteer in Bedford's parks and open spaces.
A number of opportunities and details about how to get involved are
found on this page. No experience necessary and all training will
Priory Country Park Volunteers
Contacts: Park Guardians (01234) 718012 please leave
a message on their answerphone
The Priory Country Park Volunteer Group Programme operates on
the first Sunday of each month (unless otherwise advised by the
Park Rangers). Weekend volunteers are set group tasks but Priory
also welcome volunteers every Monday and Thursday to join in with
whatever Priory Rangers happen to be doing.
If you cannot join them for the whole day feel free to come
along when you can, all help is appreciated.
Meet at the back of the Visitors Centre (9.00am to 9:30am)
unless otherwise specified. Tasks will vary depending on the time
of the year but all hands, skills and abilities are welcomed.
Friends of Harrold-Odell Country
Contact: Park Guardians (01234) 720016
The Friends of HOCP have been working with the managers of the
Park, Bedford Borough Council for over ten years. In that time they
have helped to maintain and improve the site for both visitors and
The Friends of HOCP fall into two broad groups, active
volunteers and interested supporters. The active volunteers work
with staff on a wide range of practical activities, some routine
work and some taking the form of special projects. Routine work
carried out by the volunteers includes ground clearance, hedge
maintenance, woodland coppicing, path clearance, equipment
This friendly, supportive group welcome new members to join them
in retaining the beauty of the HOCP.
Bedford Park Volunteers
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
Friends of Putnoe Woods and Mowsbury
The Friends of Putnoe Wood & Mowsbury Hillfort are a local
voluntary conservation group based in Bedford.
The Friends are an integral partner in helping safeguard the
future of Putnoe Wood and Mowsbury Hillfort. Membership is
The group work with Bedford Borough Council to manage, promote
and enhance both sites. Informal meetings are held every two months
with Borough representatives to discuss and arrange weekly tasks
and special events.
The Friends meet every Wednesday afternoon 1.30pm to 4.00pm for
their weekly tasks. Come along and enjoy Putnoe Wood and Mowsbury
Hillfort and help keep them in good heart for the enjoyment of
Friends of Bedford Cemetery - Foster Hill Road
Contact: Margaret Carpenter (01234) 360003
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 plant life that
live on the site.
Rights of Way Volunteers
Contact: Phil Fox (01234) 276070
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. Tasks run 10am- 1pm.
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.
Contact: Nursery Gardens (open every day)- Jim Robinson
Milburn Gardens (open every Tuesday morning) - Kathy
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
All ages and abilities welcome, visit