National Trust volunteers make an unprecedented contribution on Exmoor

Exmoor Magazine

In the past year nearly 45,000 hours of volunteer time have been devoted to looking after National Trust owned property on Exmoor.  The latest figures for volunteering on just the National Trust properties inside the Exmoor National Park show that 748 volunteers contributed an astonishing 44,470 volunteer hours in the twelve month period to March 2013.

It is the first time that the volunteer data has been compiled in this way to include every NT property within the National Park boundary – Dunster Castle, West Exmoor, Exmoor Bunkhouse and the Holnicote Estate.

The volunteer roles undertaken have been incredibly varied and very much depend on the requirement of each respective property. On the countryside properties, volunteers play a crucial role in their day-to-day management, presentation and upkeep and are involved in a huge variety of tasks, including habitat management, access work, biological surveys and supporting the many events that take…

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