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Corporate Workdays

Corporate Workdays with Yorkshire Wildlife TrustA team from The University of Leeds spend a day willow coppicing. Photo credit: Mark Ball

Have a great day in the open air with your colleagues whilst leaving a long-lasting legacy on the ground that will really make a difference to Yorkshire's wildlife!

We find that these volunteer days are not just about the obvious environmental benefits, but also about opportunities for team building & raising personal well-being - Mike Leonard, Residential Property Manager, University of Leeds

We run corporate workdays throughout the year across our 95 nature reserves, providing:

  • exclusive events for groups of all sizes and abilities,
  • team building and development opportunities,
  • all equipment and materials necessary for the task,
  • opportunities for guided walks
  • full training, health and safety provision and on-site briefing for the day’s task by our expert nature reserve officers.

Prior experience is not necessary, and staff can enjoy a novel and memorable day away from the office, helping local wildlife through hands-on conservation tasks.

Get involved!

Please get in touch by emailing Julie Smith or by calling 01904 659570. All we need to know is where, when and how many - and we will do the rest!

Costs involved

We ask companies to make a donation of £50 + VAT per head to help cover the costs of tools, equipment, health & safety provision, management and supervision. There is a 30% discount for Corporate Members.

What can I expect?

Take a look at our workday pages for some examples. The corporate workdays that we offer vary throughout the year depending on the season. Some typical tasks are listed below:

Time of year Task Group Size Location
September to February

 

Woodland management.
Careful tree felling and coppicing over the winter months in order to manage our woodland reserves.
Up to 12 Yorkshire wide
October to February
 
Scrub clearance.
Clearing scrub (using hand tools such as loppers and bowsaws) enhances floral diversity in grasslands.
Up to 12 Yorkshire wide
October to February
 
Reed cutting.
Careful rotational cutting of reed beds enhances the structure and diversity of this important wetland habitat. This activity requires waders (provided).
Up to 12 South Yorkshire
June to July
 
Ragwort pulling.
Ragwort must be controlled as it quickly spreads through our grasslands and is harmful to grazing livestock.
Up to 15 Yorkshire wide
June to August
 
Himalayan balsam pulling.
This non native species quickly outcompetes our native wildflowers if left unmanaged.
Up to 15 Yorkshire wide
September
 
Hay meadow cutting.
In order to maintain the colourful displays of wildflowers during the summer months we must cut and rake our hay meadows in September.
Up to 15 Yorkshire wide