Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of our most frequently asked questions, however if you have a question that is not answered in this section, feel free to Contact Us.
WHEN AND WHERE DO WE MEET?
We meet at the Ranger's Office (Location) at 10am for a 10:15 briefing and usually work until around 4pm. The dates are monthly and always on Sundays. The group leader regularly circulates the dates.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANY TOOLS?
No, the National Trust provides good quality tools suitable for the job.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
The work is outdoors and so your clothing needs to be appropriate for the weather. We would usually stop work in torential rain but would continue in light rain so a waterproof jacket is a good idea. It can get cold in the winter and be hot in the sun so multiple layers are useful. The Peak District is hilly and so the ground is often steep and uneven so walking boots are perfect. You should think about protection from the sun in the form of a hat or sun-cream. Some people prefer to bring their own work-gloves rather than use the ones that are available.
SHOULD I BRING FOOD AND DRINK?
Yes, we often work in areas where there are no facilities and a packed lunch is essential. Something to drink is important to prevent de-hydration.
CAN I SHARE TRANSPORT?
This is possible. We have regular volunteers coming from Derby, Nottingham, Swadlincote and Burton-on-Trent.
IS THERE A CHARGE?
IS SOUTH DERBYSHIRE NTV AN ALL INCLUSIVE GROUP?
Very much so. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, sexes, sexual orientations and of all abilities.
I AM DISABLED, CAN I VOLUNTEER?
The work we do invariably takes place on uneven ground which is not accessible to wheel-chairs. It usually requires use of both hands and requires reasonable strength and persistence. The tasks require good visual abilities since we are interacting with the natural world.
WHAT AGE DO YOU HAVE TO BE?
We are happy to take young people under the supervision of their parents or guardians, however, we use bowsaws and other potentially hazardous tools and so this is not a suitable environment for young children. Small numbers of sensible unaccompanied over-16s are also welcome but you should be aware that no members are CRB/DBS checked and we are not equipped to supervise children. We have or have had volunteers in their teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s - all are welcome.
IS IT DANGEROUS?
We follow professional National Trust Risk Management procedures for each task that we are to perform. The work-day starts with a short briefing which covers safety aspects relevant to the job in hand.
IS THERE ANY INDOOR OR LESS VIGOROUS WORK AVAILABLE?
We do not do any indoor work but the National Trust do have many such indoor and less vigorous roles and links to these can be viewed here: Links
ARE YOU AFFILIATED TO THE NATIONAL TRUST?
We are an independent group that provides resource to the National Trust. We work under the direct management of the National Trust Rangers on tasks that they wish us to complete. See Links to understand where we fit within the National Trust.