New Forest conservation holiday nr Lyndhurst

From £290 (7 days) excluding flights
For this conservation holiday, the price includes your stay in the Minstead Study Centre, food and drink for breakfast, lunch, tea breaks and dinner, the use of gloves and tools, transport from and to the Ashurst New Forest train station and insurance. You can also join in the Drumming Event and the Yoga Class at no extra cost.
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New Forest conservation holiday nr Lyndhurst

Chop and Chill in the New Forest!

This exciting holiday brings together the opportunity to learn traditional countryside skills and a chance to top up your personal well-being while staying at an eco-friendly accommodation in beautiful surroundings!

You work and stay in the Minstead Study Centre, an excellent combination of modern day sustainable features, like rain water harvesting and a vegetable garden, and old traditions and ancient history, including an Iron Age roundhouse and a turf maze labyrinth.

The practical conservation activities include pond clearance and path construction, creating raised vegetable beds and learning the traditional skills of hedge laying and coppicing. Don't worry if you are new to conservation work; two experienced leaders are at hand to explain it all.

After a hard day's Chopping, it's time to Chill! The cooking is shared amongst the volunteers and a chill-out zone, complete with wood burner and bean bags, is the perfect space to relax in the evenings. You can also take part in a yoga session. led by a professional instructor. Another evening sees a local drummer performing African music around the bonfire and you can join in, too. On your midweek day off you can explore the surrounding New Forest National Park, visit nearby Lyndhurst, or do whatever tickles your fancy!

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Our conservation holidays take place throughout the UK and as such volunteers will continually learn about a range of different conservation techniques, habitats, wildlife and the various ways to take care of them in protection and enhancement. Also by meeting a wide range of new people you can learn about all the environmental knowledge that they have obtained from other conservation holidays, degrees, or even careers! This knowledge you newly gained can then be passed on to others, as it was once passed onto you.

Our conservation holidays are often a mixture of different types of conservation work and are designed for those who either are new to conservation work or those who want to try a variety of different conservation tasks during the holiday. Although this doesnít mean if you are experienced in conservation work you canít come along too! It would be fantastic to have additional sources of conservation knowledge, and to tell people about your own conservation experiences!

We try to provide the participants with as much information about the work site as possible, often encouraging the land owners or managers to come along to give the volunteers the history, the reasons for the activities and much more!

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Story behind the experience

The Conservation Volunteers (previously known as BTCV) have been reclaiming green places since 1959. To do so we provide opportunities for people to join in conservation activities, through weekday groups, Biodiversity Action Teams, community groups and conservation holidays. Looking after green places isn't just about caring for nature. It's about caring for people as well; a well-used green place is a classroom, a gym, a playground and a sanctuary. It is a place that is good for people as well as for wildlife. The Conservation Volunteers help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim green places. You can be part of it too.

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New Forest conservation holiday nr Lyndhurst

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