Many of our parks and countryside sites have active Friends and Volunteer groups. These are groups of local people engaging with and improving their local green spaces. Under guidance of Rangers and Park Officers, the groups help with tasks ranging from planting trees to organising events.

Newcastle Parks Forum

Although there are groups interested in looking after specific areas, the Newcastle Parks Forum has a wider interest in looking after green spaces in Newcastle. The Newcastle Parks Forum is still in its infancy but has already helped deliver a campaign against littering in parks.
The Forum meets on an evening every 6 weeks at Newcastle Civic Centre. If you are interested in joining, or would like to know more, please contact us using the details below.

Volunteer rangers

Got some spare time? Want to learn new skills, meet new friends and help to keep your local environment (as well as yourself!) in good shape? Volunteers meet regularly at various parks and countryside sites around the city and new members are always welcome. You don't need previous experience to join in. The work undertaken is varied but will usually include physical tasks such as building a boardwalk, hand weeding, tree planting, litter picking, fencing, coppicing, creating wildlife habitats, gardening and wildlife surveying. Please contact us to find out more information.

View the Summer 2014 Volunteer Newsletter

View the autumn 2014 edition of Volunteer News (pdf, 7.4mb)

View the Spring 2015 Volunteer Newsletter

View the Summer 2015 Volunteer Newsletter

View the Autumn 2015 Volunteer Newsletter

View the Spring 2016 Volunteer Newsletter (pdf, 7.51mb)

View Autumn 2016 Volunteer Newsletter (pdf, 9.74mb)

View Spring 2017 Volunteer Newsletter (pdf, 10.3mb)

View Autumn 2017 Volunteer Newsletter (pdf, 9.60mb)

Parks volunteers

Other volunteering opportunities within parks include:

  • Environmental Education Assistant - may include helping with school visits, assisting with family activities and preparing education resources.
  • Pets Corner volunteers (based at Jesmond Dene) - may include feeding and watering, cleaning animal pens and aviary, handling animals, helping at events, providing information to visitors, working with school groups.
  • Visitor Centre and Gift Shop Assistant (based at Jesmond Dene) - may include serving shop customers, providing information about the Park, retail display and admin tasks.


For information about any of these opportunities, please email parks& or phone 0191 2787878 and ask for ‘Parks’.

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27 February 2018
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