Poppy fields on The Ridgeway


National Trails Volunteer Scheme

Volunteers perform a vital role in helping to maintain The Ridgeway through an ongoing programme of maintenance and improvements. Tasks include vegetation clearance, installation and repair of signs, gates and bridges and some workshop tasks. Led by staff from the National Trails team, tasks take place most weekdays and occasional weekends. All tools and training are provided and the tasks are a good way to meet like-minded people. Alternatively, volunteers can become 'monitors' by adopting a 2-3 mile section of a Trail, walking it once a month and reporting back any problems.

Find out more about what volunteers do

To register as a volunteer

Please download and complete the Registration form and Health and Safety Declaration form in the Volunteer Information pack found at the bottom of this page. Return these to nt.volunteers@oxfordshire.gov.uk or send to National Trails Office, c/o Oxfordshire County Council, Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, Oxford, OX1 1NE. To request a pack by post, email nt.volunteers@oxfordshire.gov.uk with your name and full postal address. Once we have received your completed registration form, you will be added to the volunteer database. You'll also receive regular newsletters and task diaries and be covered by Oxfordshire County Council insurance.

Newsletter/Task Diary

Our newsletter/task diary has a list of all forthcoming tasks on The Ridgeway National Trail and is sent to all volunteers who register onto the scheme. It is posted or emailed in advance to registered National Trail Volunteers. If you are a registered National Trails Volunteer and see a task you would like to help out on, just contact the office to let us know. We'll contact you to arrange meeting times and venues. Always call in advance to book and confirm the task, date, time and venue.
If you have any queries please phone 01865 810211.


Volunteer Information Pack

Volunteer Travel Expenses

Volunteer Gallery

Mowing the verges on the Ridgeway
Removing a bramble path at Rams Hill
Installation of an information board
Mowing on the Ridgeway
Monitoring - Reporting signs of rutting on the Trail
Monitoring - Reporting any signs of wear and tear
Monitoring - Reporting overhanging or fallen trees
Monitoring - Reporting obstructions to the Trail

Click here to download the Volunteer Newsletter and Task Diary