Join In! with the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB

Though we consider it a privilege to care for this unique stretch of coast, looking after our stunning corner of the UK is no easy task. From litter picking to environmental research and maintenance to repairs, we’re always doing something to improve the AONB and create a safe and beautiful place for both our human and animal visitors to enjoy.

In order to ensure the AONB is maintained to the highest standard, we rely on a team of dedicated volunteers. Without their hard work and commitment, this spectacular slice of East Anglia wouldn’t be as wonderful for people and wildlife as it is today.

If you love spending time in the great outdoors and value the UK’s protected spaces, then why not Join In! with many of the volunteering opportunities on offer. Just a few hours of your time will give you a huge amount of satisfaction. What’s more, you’ll have the chance to really get to know the Suffolk Coast & Heaths, meet people from around the area and contribute something truly valuable to your local community.

Join In! Fundraising

Though many of the people who maintain the AONB are volunteers, we still need significant funds to carry out repairs, develop the area and provide a high quality experience to the visitors who flock to the region. Fundraising is incredibly important for the Suffolk Coast & Heaths, with every pound raised going towards protecting the AONB.

If you run a local business and want to Join In! you could place a donation box in your premises and collect money from the public. Alternatively, if you’re an individual, you could undertake a sponsored event to raise cash for the Suffolk Coast & Heaths.

For details on how you can help fundraise for the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, visit

Join In! with a Work Party

Joining a work party is a great way to meet new people, get some exercise and enjoy a bit of fresh air. We organise regular events for people who want to help us improve the local landscape and make the AONB an even better place to be.

For more information on work parties, visit

Join In! Picking up litter

Rubbish gets washed up all along our 60 miles of coast every day. To help prevent this litter from damaging local wildlife, Join In! with our teams of volunteers who go out in all conditions to collect rubbish from our beaches. If you want the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done your bit for the environment and your local area, join our next Beachwatch event!

For more information on Beachwatch events, visit

Become a Coast and Estuary Warden

If you want to learn a little more about the natural landscape and biodiversity of the AONB, Join In! and become a Coast and Estuary Warden. Whenever you’re out walking along the coast or through the heaths, you’ll collect valuable information that can then be used to help protect the area.

For more information and to become a Coast and Estuary Warden, visit

Survey our Walks

If you love nothing more than popping your walking boots and heading out to explore our Outstanding Landscape, then Join In! and become a Promoted Route Volunteer Surveyor!

Promoted Route Volunteer Surveyors check the walks and routes of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths recording obstructions, vandalism, damage and erosion along the way. Volunteers can take part in restoration and upkeep activities including cutting back hedges and vegetation from walkways, replacing missing signage, and ensuring routes and walkways are safe and debris free.

For details of walks and routes that need surveying, and to apply visit

For more information on all volunteering opportunities and how you can Join In! with the work of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, visit


By Cathy Smith on October 10th, 2016

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