Countryside volunteers

Countryside volunteers

Newport City Council is looking for volunteers to carry out practical conservation tasks in partnership with Keep Wales Tidy and Fourteen Locks Canal Centre. 

If you like working outside, enjoy Newport's countryside and have some spare time we'd love to hear from you! 

The countryside and canal volunteers team will work on a variety of practical conservation tasks around Fourteen Locks Canal Centre and Allt-yr-Yn Local Nature Reserve.

Tasks could include minor maintenance on fencing, bridges and pathways; habitat improvement such as cutting back undergrowth, creating log piles, putting up nest boxes and managing wildflower meadows; pond, lock and canal habitat maintenance e.g. removing pond weed or dredging and clearing litter.

The volunteers will meet every Thursday from 10am until 3pm or 4pm. - you would not be expected to attend every week. 

Apply to join the countryside and canal volunteers 

We are looking for people with: 

  • an interest in and commitment to outdoor environmental work
  • a sense of humour and flexibility
  • good communication skills who like to work as part of a team 
  • an ability to take part in practical tasks outdoors

On the job training will be given by the council's countryside warden and Keep Wales Tidy officers.

Tools and protective equipment will be issued and you should wear sensible clothing suitable for working outdoors in all weathers including sturdy work boots – with steel toe caps if you have them. There will be full insurance cover. 

Transport will be provided during volunteer hours but you will need to make your own way to the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre for 10am.  

You will need to bring food and drink for the day.


For further information contact Newport City Council and ask for the biodiversity and education officer.