There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the developments at Houghton Hall Park and we welcome all abilities and ages to join our Friends of Houghton Hall Park to make a difference in the local community whilst learning new skills, making friends and creating a more enjoyable space for park users.

Our Friends of Houghton Hall Park won the Volunteer Group of the Year award in the Central Bedfordshire Council's Cheering Volunteering 2018 awards ceremony held on 5th June 2018, a very well deserved award for a hard working group of dedicated, enthusiastic and lovely individuals, who are always looking for more friends to share the workload. We hope there is an opportunity below that is of interest to you, if you have any questions please get in touch by emailing hhp@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk and speaking to a member of the Houghton Hall Park team for more information.


Youth Ranger Programme

We are looking for young people aged 13-18 to take part in our Youth Ranger Scheme! Delivered by The Greensand Trust on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, gain valuable work experience and a recognised environmental award, while having fun and making a difference to Houghton Hall Park.

Following on from the success of the inaugural Youth Rangers Scheme which started autumn 2017 (see picture below), the Trust is once again seeking young people interested in conservation and the environment to get involved in the project.

Starting in September 2018, and running for six months, youth rangers will be required to attend two sessions per month including one weekend and one evening. They will plan and take part in practical conservation projects which could be anything from cutting down trees and weaving deer baskets, to making bird and bat boxes. They will also learn how to organise events, work with other volunteers in the park, and gain a John Muir Award - an environmental award scheme focusing on discovering and conserving wild places.

Although the scheme starts in the autumn, now’s the time to apply to join. To find out more or to sign up, please contact Erika Pratt on 01234 743666 or email: erika.pratt@greensandtrust.org.


Monthly Conservation Tasks

Every month, Greensand Trust ranger Jamie leads a valuable conservation task in Houghton Hall Park on a Sunday between 10am-3pm on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council. There have been tasks such as hazel coppicing and using the branches cut to create a fort building area for children to play and improve on, weeding in the wildflower meadows or carrying out the annual thorough litter pick.

Don't worry if you don't know anything about conservation! There will always be a ranger present and all activities are guided. The sessions are open to all ages and abilities and we welcome all to join the team in making Houghton Hall Park a great place to visit.

If you would like to try a session, please contact ranger Jamie for more details: Jamie.Proud@greensandtrust.org.

Formal & Kitchen Gardening

Re-starting in autumn 2018... We are so pleased to start up these sessions again soon with our new Community Gardener and welcome existing and new volunteers along to these sessions. Please join our mid-week sessions and spend time developing our ever-changing Formal and Kitchen Gardens! Tasks may involve weeding, planting, growing vegetables and generally maintaining the Gardens for the community to enjoy, all whilst learning new skills and making friends within the Friends of Houghton Hall Park group of volunteers. Please sign up to our mailing list, making sure to select 'Volunteering' to receive updates about our Garden volunteering sessions restarting.

Event Assistants

With our busy event schedule running throughout the year, we are always looking for assistance to deliver our activities. This may involve handing out maps, marking attendance, checking on trail markers around the park or being a general helping hand at some of our larger events. If you are looking to gain some experience with events or have previous experience and would be interested in volunteering, we would love to meet you. Please email us at hhp@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk for more information.


Are you a keen photographer? Would you be interested in volunteering to photograph any of our events or maybe join our fixed point photographers in documenting the changes in Houghton Hall Park? If so, please get in touch by emailing hhp@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk, we would love to hear from you!