Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership Scheme


Welcome to your Chase & Chalke Volunteer & Training Hub

From here you will be able to create, update and manage your volunteer profile. To register as a volunteer we will ask you for one referee, and this can be a friend, relative, work colleague or teacher. You can find out what volunteering and training opportunities we have on offer, how you can get involved with projects and keep a record of the amazingly positive impact you are having as a vital member of the Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership. You will also automatically receive our e-newsletter so you can keep up to date with everything that's happening. 

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Volunteering opportunities

Walking and cycling

Are you interested in walking and cycling in this beautiful landscape?

Walking with chase and chalke

 If you're interested in getting out and about, we have roles for you including Route Checker, Cycle Route Checker and getting involved with our Walking Festival.

Stargazing

Are you interested in astronomy and dark skies?

This area's amazing dark skies have led it to be designated an International Dark Sky Reserve. Help us to preserve, enhance and promote our dark skies through a number of roles.

Route Checker

Get out exploring and help us by checking routes

 
Are you a keen walker who enjoys exploring the area’s landscapes, history or wildlife? Are you good at reading and interpreting maps and have an eye for detail?
 
Once you've received route checker training from the team, you can head out and check existing and newly developed walking routes to ensure they are fit for purpose, accurate and appealing and will provide users with an enjoyable, safe walking experience.
 
Contact Roland Hughes rolandhughes@cranbornechase.org.uk 
 
Chase and Chalke is keen to work with local people to check a variety of guided walks that can be enjoyed as part of the annual ChalkEscape Walking Festival and at other times, helping to get people out into the landscape and connect with its culture, heritage and ecology.

 

 

Dark Sky Custodian

Help us promote our International Dark Sky Reserve

Dark Sky custodians

If you would like to develop your skills and teach others of the wonderful benefits of dark skies this role is for you. Volunteers will work with the Chase and Chalke Team (part of Cranborne Chase AONB) to promote and enhance the AONB’s dark skies. This role has a wide variety of opportunities so volunteers can choose which activities they are interested in.   


With the support of the
Chase & Chalke team, volunteers will:
 

  • Receive free training in the use of Sky Quality Measure (SQM) reading equipment 
  • Take Sky Quality Measure (SQM) readings 
  • Understand the issues around light pollution and how lighting schemes can be improved 
  • Give presentations/talks to local organisations (eg parish councils, social groups) to educate them and others about light pollution and how to mitigate it 
  • Work with AONB and local landowners to identify appropriate dark sky sites 
  • Be able to identify constellations and fun asterisms, understand and use planetarium software and to pass this knowledge on to others 
  • Organise and lead stargazing events, assess progress and outcomes, providing feedback to Chase & Chalke Team. 
 
 
 
 

Dark Sky Recorder

Do dark skies amaze and inspire you?

Would you like to know more about light pollution and assist in monitoring our dark skies?  As part of our ‘Starry Starry Nights’ project we are looking for volunteers to join a team to better understand and promote the benefits of dark skies and to educate people and organisations on light pollution.  Volunteers will work with the Chase and Chalke LPS Team (part of Cranborne Chase AONB) take Sky Quality Measure (SQM) readings, recording and interpreting the results and reporting back to the Chase and Chalke LPS Team.  These readings will help us to better understand our dark skies. Volunteers may also be interested in undertaking further research around the topics and themes emerging from the project. Other volunteer roles may include helping out at dark sky events, taking part in free training and working with other volunteers to establish community events.  

River Warden

Become part of a team of Wardens to look after this beautiful chalk stream

 

River team

 

As part of our ‘Crystal Clear Ebble’ project we are looking for volunteers to become River Wardens to act as stewards of the river, encouraging continued commitment from local landowners and our local communities to the quality of the river.

 

River Warden - Volunteer Role Description

Walking event Marshall

Are you interested in walking in this beautiful landscape?

 

walking fest


We are seeking volunteers who will work with the Chase and Chalke LPS Team (part of Cranborne Chase AONB) to establish and deliver safe walking events as part of the ChalkEscape Walking Festival and at other ad hoc walking events, helping to provide people with a welcoming, enjoyable experience which introduces or reconnects them with the area’s landscapes and heritage. Walk Marshals will primarily act as the sweeper to ensure all walkers are accounted for and finish the walk safely.  

Volunteer Role Description - Walk Marshall

Practical Conservation

Fancy gaining new skills in practical conservation?



We're looking for lots of volunteers to join us on regular outdoor, practical conservation activities across many of our projects, including the Crystal Clear Ebble, Nurturing Nature, Wonderful Woodlands, Greater Grazing, Champions of the Past and Ancient Ways projects.  

You will be part of a team of enthusiastic volunteers working together with the Chase & Chalke LPS team and our partners including Wessex Rivers Trust, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Hampshire County Council and Wiltshire Council. Our volunteers will be working to clear vegetation form Scheduled Ancient Monuments, helping us improve Rights of Way by cutting back overgrown vegetation, removing invasive species from habitats, restoring and enhancing hedgerows and woodlands through hedge-laying and coppicing, and learning to use billhooks, pruning saws, bowsaws, loppers and other equipment.  

You will be able to assist the Chase and Chalke Team to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape by assisting with practical countryside management; monitoring and archiving/uploading of wildlife records.  

Practical Conservation

Volunteering with schools and youth groups

Volunteer in our School outreach and event activities

 

 We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help support our schools and events activities. We have a wide variety of events planned for a wide audience over the course of the Scheme and we would love your support. The Scheme aims to better connect people with the Chase & Chalke landscape, its heritage, nature and wildlife and our Schools & Events volunteers will play an integral role in helping us achieve that goal.

 This volunteer role can be tailored according to your skills and availability. In general and with the support of the Chase & Chalke LPS, volunteers will: 

  • Assist with creating engaging activities for a range of audiences and venues;  
  • Help develop activities and resources that will used in school education sessions and community events; 
  • Assist with schools as part of our Heritage Schools Cluster project; 
  • Assist the Chase & Chalke team and our partners at community and school events; 
  • Assist with running activities, including at the Chalke Valley History Festival; 
  • Provide administrative support in communications and engagement including computer-based and telephone work; 
  • Get involved with any other aspects of projects that you find interesting.  

Schools and Events

Oral History

Are you interested in local history?   

As part of our ‘Memories Captured’ project we are looking for volunteers to join a team to be part of a new wave of oral historians. Our aim is to train new oral historians of all ages to capture the voices and stories of local people who have lived and worked in the Chalke LPS area before they are lost. No previous experience needed. All the training is FREE and we can also help with transport to the training as well.

With your help we're collecting over 40 recorded interviews with people who have lived, grown up, worked in or farmed the land in the Chase & Chalke area. We're also collecting photographs and some film, and we are looking for skilled volunteers to help audio edit, transcribe and catalogue this material.

Volunteers will work with the Chase and Chalke Team (part of Cranborne Chase AONB) and Blandford Town Museum to record the stories and memories of those who have grown up and worked in the area, capturing memories of rural skills, changes in land management, rural life, rural skills and craftsmanship.

Volunteers may also be interested in undertaking further research around the topics and themes emerging from the project. Other volunteer roles may include editing recordings to create ‘sound bites’ and inputting in to the design of creative outputs generated from the data collected.

Outdoor Education volunteer

Volunteer at our Forest School and other outdoor education events

As part of our Wonderful Woodlands project we are partnering with the National Trust to deliver free forest schools sessions at their Fontmell Down Forest School. It will offer opportunities for children to connect with nature, achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning experiences and to become independent and creative learners. 

We're looking for interested volunteers to join our Forest School Leaders to assist with the sessions and learn more about the wonders and benefits of outdoor education. Working with our Woodland Wild Things you'll get to enjoy the fantastic site and help children develop confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a wonderful natural setting.

 

Communications & Engagement

Join us as a communications & engagement volunteer and help spread the word

We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help support our communications and engagement team at the Chase & Chalke  Landscape Partnership Scheme.  

The Scheme aims to better connect people with the Chase & Chalke landscape, its heritage, nature and wildlife and our communications volunteers will play an integral role in helping us achieve that goal.

Volunteers will work with the Chase and Chalke Team (part of Cranborne Chase AONB) to help with a variety of communications and engagement activities including assisting with creating content for various methods of communication (emails, website, blogs, social media, newsletters), collating photos or video content for use in different media and to help develop media stories.  

Walk Leader

Lead others to explore this beautiful landscape

 

walk leader

Are you a keen walker who enjoys sharing your local knowledge, or your interest in the area’s rich archaeology, flora or fauna? We are seeking volunteers who will work with the Chase and Chalke LPS Team (part of Cranborne Chase AONB) to establish and deliver safe walking events as part of the ChalkEscape Walking Festival and at other ad hoc walking events, helping to provide people with a welcoming, enjoyable experience which introduces or reconnects them with the area’s landscapes and heritage. 

We are looking for Volunteer Walk Leaders to work with us to identify and design interesting walking route, help us test and check the routes and potentially provide an interesting talk on a particular subject such as the archaeology, flora or fauna encountered along the walk. Walk Leaders can also work alongside our Walk Marshals who primarily act as the sweeper to ensure all walkers are accounted for and finish the walk safely.  

Creative Arts Projects Volunteer

Assist with the delivery of Artist Residency and Words In The Landscape projects.

Minibus driver

Become a volunteer driver

As a Volunteer Minibus Driver you can be part of the all-important community transport solution for Chase & Chalke. As part of our overall aim of helping more people access and make a meaningful connection with this amazing landscape, we need more volunteer drivers to help us transport school groups and community groups to events and training.

From collecting and dropping off school groups at our Woodland Wild Things Forest School at Fontmell Down, to bringing groups out to poetry and singing workshops, to rolling out free training, we are creating more opportunities for people to enjoy the Chase & Chalke area, and a few more drivers would really help.

We are looking for individuals over 25 years old who have the following qualities:

  • Friendly, empathetic nature;
  • Willingness to help others;
  • Willingness to undertake free minibus driver training, if they don’t already have it.

In return for your time, you will get the following:

  • Joining a supportive team of staff and volunteers;
  • Experience in a helping role;
  • Knowing you are helping people who would otherwise struggle to benefit from these experiences;
  • Reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Due to the nature of the role, a DBS check will be required.

We can then be in touch when drivers are needed. 

Thank you for joining us

About Chase & Chalke

The Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership is a group of organisations and enthusiastic volunteers who are working together to restore, preserve, and improve the landscape of this area of Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With the Cranborne Chase AONB as lead partner and with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund this partnership is working with local communities to build stronger connections with the landscape and with each other.

With the leadership and dedication of its volunteers, local communities and partner organisations the Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership is using a £1.68 million National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, along with additional funding, to deliver a total of 20 individual projects with the aim of enhancing, celebrating and protecting the natural, cultural and historic assets of this part of the Cranborne Chase AONB.

In 2019 The Cranborne Chase & Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership was awarded a £1.68 million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. With match funding from partners, the five-year Cranborne Chase & Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme (Chase & Chalke LPS) totals £2.7 million.

Across our Natural Landscape, Historic Landscape and Cultural Landscape themes, the projects aim to:

• Conserve, enhance & restore key features of natural, historic and cultural heritage.

• Offer opportunities to develop awareness, understanding and enjoyment together with knowledge, skills and volunteering to provide a lasting legacy for the future.

• Provide opportunities for individuals and communities, near and far, young and old, to care for local heritage.

• Foster pride in the unique and rich heritage of this landscape.

 

Our Vision:

“A Cranborne Chase and Chalke Valley which is a healthier and better functioning landscape for people and wildlife, nationally recognised for its beauty, its extraordinary historic links to the past, a place where everyone can make a true connection with their environment, a living landscape where opportunities exist for present and future generations to appreciate and enjoy nature and heritage”.

You can find out lots more about our project by visiting our website: Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership - Cranborne Chase AONB

Check out the other fantastic work the National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting at: Welcome | The National Lottery Heritage Fund