Conservation volunteering and training


Surrey Care Trust’s second community boat, Swingbridge2, is the base for training and volunteering in environmental conservation throughout the year.

This “enviroboat” works along the Thames, River Wey and Basingstoke Canal.

Volunteers and trainees make a valuable contribution to looking after the local environment while also learning new skills.

Some of the tasks the Swingbridge crews take on include: cutting back overgrown vegetation to improve views, access and safety, creating wildlife havens, hedge maintenance and planting, painting lock gates, litter clearance and controlling  invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed and Ragwort.

We encourage people who are unemployed, underskilled and poorly-qualified, those with mild learning difficulties, and people living with mental health problems, or recovering from addictions, to get involved.

We can also provide placements for offenders serving community sentences. It can be hard work, out in all weathers, but it is a constructive way for offenders to serve their sentence, working alongside volunteers.

Call us on 07973 282239 or email Miranda Soane, to find out more.

Directions to the boats are on the Find Us page

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