By volunteering to work in parks you can be involved in activities such as:

  • fundraising for park facilities and play equipment
  • wildlife conservation projects and surveys
  • landscaping work alongside our staff
  • horticulture projects, such as working in our rose gardens
  • picking up litter
  • holding fun days and events
  • giving guided walks and talks

How you can benefit from volunteering

It can help you:

  • gain new skills and experience to improve your employment prospects
  • meet new friends and be part of a community
  • improve your physical and mental wellbeing

How to volunteer

You can volunteer to work in one of Bristol's parks by joining your existing local Friends of Park Group Go to (opens new window). You can use our Apply for volunteer work on our parks form if you want to work on one of our large parks.

Part of a corporate group or team

If you'd like to get involved in parks with your employer, find opportunities with our charity partner Your Park Bristol and Bath.

Find a park group

Friends of Park Groups help improve parks and green spaces and create opportunities for members to learn new skills. 

There are Friends of Park Groups all around the city. Each has specific activities and regular meetings.

The Bristol Parks Forum Go to (opens new window) has a list of the groups you can join with links to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.

Our Set up and run a Friends of Parks Group page has information about starting your own group and documents to help you run activities safely and successfully.

North parks: Spring volunteer programme

Take part in our Blaise Spring Volunteer Programme. 


Every Wednesday 10:30am to 12:30pm

And every fourth Saturday 11am to 1pm (except Easter):

  • 2nd March 2024
  • 6th April 2024
  • 27th April 2024
  • 18th May 2024
  • 8th June 2024

Meet up location

By the café

What to wear

Sturdy, waterproof footwear like walking boots are the best but old trainers or wellies shpuld be fine. Long sleeves tops and you, you may need waterproofs too.

What to bring

We provide tools and gardening gloves, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Volunteering on our estates

You can volunteer to work alongside our Rangers at some of our largest green spaces. They run a seasonal programme of volunteering throughout the year.

Ashton Court Estate

The Ashton Court Estate has 850 acres of woods and grasslands. It's about 1.2 miles from the city centre.


Conservation Group with the Rangers: learn about maintaining Ashton Court and improve the Estate for people and wildlife.

10am to 12pm every Thursday, February to October.

See the north parks winter volunteer programme above for details. 

Blaise Castle Estate

Blaise Castle Estate is a 650 acre parkland open to the public near Henbury, about 6 miles from the city centre.


Estate management group with the Rangers: learn about maintaining and improving Blaise Estate. Rebuild steps, clear paths and help manage invasive species. 

Weekly on Wednesdays during term time, 10.30am to 12.30pm, and every fourth Saturday. 

Fill in the form below to register your interest. 

The Downs

The Downs consist of Clifton Down and Durdham Down and are a public open space on the edge of the city, about two miles from the centre.


Check the Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge site to see what is happening.

Stoke Park Estate

Stoke Park Estate is a 270 acre park open to the public.


Conservation and Estate Management Group with the Ranger: Learn how to manage Stoke Park and make improvements to the site for people and nature. 

Every Thursday, 10am to 12.30pm and monthly on Saturdays 10am to 12.30pm.

Apply to be a volunteer in our parks

Fill in our form if you'd like to be a volunteer or if you want us to contact you when we have new activities.

Apply for volunteering work in our parks

We'll aim to get back to you within 10 working days. 

Park projects

There are several volunteering in parks projects aimed at groups such as young people or the unemployed.


ParkWork Go to (opens new window) offers training and skills development for people who need more experience to find permanent work in parks across the city.

Contact with the email subject ParkWork' to find out where in the city they'll be working each week.

One Tree Per Child

One Tree Per Child plants trees in schools, parks and open spaces. Volunteers can help plant or maintain trees throughout the year. 

Groundwork South 

Groundwork South Go to (opens new window) works with Bristol's Friends of Parks groups to get more young people aged 11 to 25 to engage with their local parks. They currently work with 12 friends of parks groups to provide:

  • training in tool use
  • education about conservation and horticulture
  • mentoring to build confidence and increase employment prospects

Parks Volunteer Programme Data Privacy Notice

Your privacy is important to us. We collect your personal details when you fill in a form, phone us or send us an email or letter.

For more information on what personal information we collect, how we store it, and your rights please see our Parks Volunteer Programme Privacy Notice.