The Friends of Whinlatter Group
The Friends of Whinlatter is a group of volunteers who work with the Whinlatter ranger team to help look after the forest. If you're interested in joining, you can get involved in lots of different activities from mountain bike trail maintenance and squirrel surveying to tree planting and dry stone walling.
Contribute 3 days of your time within a year to any of our volunteer projects and receive a free parking pass, allowing you to park at Whinlatter or Revelin Moss and enjoy the forest whenever you like!
Joining the Friends of Whinlatter
Anyone who has an interest in helping to take care of Whinlatter Forest and learn new skills can join in – no previous experience is required, as all necessary training is given. You can choose to get involved in one or many of the activities on offer. A regular newsletter is sent out to the group with details of upcoming dates and activities and details are posted on this site too.
To join the group, please email
. If you’d like to have a chat to find out more, please call 017687 78613
Upcoming Friends of Whinlatter training and activity days
This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in building a new section on the Altura Trail. This work will give volunteers the chance to have a say in the route and feature building. Thanks to everyone who has attended the trail building days so far, they have been a great success! Check out our facebook page for some photos... www.facebook.com/whinlatter
Tools and gloves provided but wear sturdy footwear and bring waterproofs and refreshments!
Meet at the Revelin Moss car park at 10am
Sat 4th May, Sun 5th May, Sun 19th May, Weds 29th May, Sat 8th June, Sun 9th June, Sat 29th June, Sat 13 July, Sun 14 July
if you are planning to attend a trail maintenance day, so we know how many tools to bring!
This could include footpath repair, tree planting, removal of non-native saplings.
We are now ready to start tree planting in the area around Darling How/Aiken Beck where volunteers have been working to remove non-native species in preparation for replanting with native broadleaves.
Fortnightly Thursday workdays, with every 6th week being on a Saturday instead of a Thursday, for those who can't make midweek!
We're taking a short break, more dates will appear here shortly.....
Meet at Spout Force Car Park 10am. The site is quite a way into the forest so we will share lifts from Spout Force car park.
All tools provided but please wear sturdy footwear and bring waterproofs and refreshments!
We have squirrel feeders at Dodd Wood at both the upper and lower viewpoints. There are currently some vacanices for volunteers that would like to help out filling these feeders.
Commit as much or as little time as you wish. Feeders are topped up daily and there is a rota for volunteers to cover this so it is helpful if you can commit to a regular slot but this could be weekly, monthly etc.
Dodd Wood. Please contact Nathan Fox if you're interested in this role, e-mail
or telephone 017687 78611
We have a variety of opportunities for getting involved in this exciting project. These include helping out at the outdoor viewing areas at Dodd Wood or in the Visitor Centre at Whinlatter to welcome visitors and provide information. The nest is also protected by 24 hours a day, as you can imagine this requires significant manpower to achieve and relies on the generous support and commitment of volunteers!
Opportunities throughout the osprey nesting season, from 1st April to 31st August at Dodd Wood and Whinlatter Visitor Centre. For more information please contact Nathan Fox, e-mail
or telephone 017687 78611
Training opportunities Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) organise a variety of training courses and events for volunteers across the county. These include communication skills, minute taking and writing funding applications.
For the full listings, please click the following link: http://www.cumbriacvs.org.uk/events.asp?page=1#listing
If anyone is interested in attending please email