Phone: 01394 445225 | Email: schaonb@suffolk.gov.uk

Work Parties

People assembling wooden fences

We hold regular conservation work days from October through to April. If you register as a volunteer we will notify you when work days are happening.

The volunteers regularly undertake practical conservation work. If you would like to work outdoors in the beautiful Coast & Heaths, help your local environment and meet some new people, then why not join us!


We sometimes work on projects with community and corporate volunteers, so you may be working alongside such groups. Training is offered, for example in first aid, should you be interested.


You work for as long as you wish and at your own pace. Knowledge of landscape, heritage, wildlife and conservation is not needed, you can learn as you go along.


Work Party Volunteers:

October 2021 – April 2022 Programme

Tuesday 16th November 2021: Scrub Clearance            

  • Clearing trees from this classic Sandlings heath and stacking and/or burning

Location: Tunstall Common

Tuesday 30th November 2021: Coppicing & Tree Thinning

  • Hand coppicing holly and where possible digging out the smaller trees

Location: Vicarage Grove, Wenhaston

Tuesday 7th December 2021: Scrub Clearance & Reedbed Management     

  • Removing bramble/Buddleia/other shrubs from the reedbed. Scything small areas to create more diverse habitat.

Location: Melton Reedbed

Tuesday 14th December 2021: Improve a Geological Site

  • We will be extending the Pit following on from our clearing efforts a couple of years ago

Location: Sudbourne Park Pit SSSI

Tuesday 4th January 2022: Tree/Hedge Planting      

  • Planting trees and hedging in the newly designated area of the AONB.

Location: Dodnash Fruit Farm

Tuesday 11th January 2022: Variety of Tasks

  • Removing bramble/trees from best areas for wildflowers. Dead gorse removal. Scything tall vegetation. Blackthorn reduction and removing seedling trees for re-use.

Location: Church Field, Waldringfield

Wednesday 12th January 2022: Tree Management

  • Helping lift feather trees and installing tree guards to help regenerate the ancient parkland.

Location: Staverton Thicks

Tuesday 18th January 2022: Gorse Clearance

  • Coppicing gorse scrub and making dead hedges along the public access routes for a new Town Trail

Location: Southwold Common

Tuesday 25th January 2022: Erecting Shorebird Fencing

  • Moving and building temporary fencing to protect foreshore for nesting birds

Location: Shotley Marshes

Tuesday 8th February 2022: Free the Trees

  • Removing redundant tree guards, supports and matting .

Location: Bush Covert, Butley & other sites

Tuesday 22nd February: Scrub Clearance

  • Clearing trees from this classic Sandlings heath and stacking and/or burning

Location: Tunstall Common

Tuesday 8th March 2022: Improve a Geological Site 

  • Clearance to reveal more Coralline Crag geology

Location: Gedgrave Hall Pit SSSI


Find out more details (Word Document) or for more information on any of the volunteering opportunities and roles within the AONB, please contact Countryside Project Officer Neil Lister.

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