The National Park Authority is keen to encourage people to get involved in the conservation of the park and the management of footpaths and bridleways.
This is not just to get free work done! By getting involved in the work, people learn to understand and to value the National Park more – that is an important result.
If people volunteer regularly, it helps them to keep a bit fitter – another one of our objectives, and of course, working with local people especially, helps us to link better with our local communities and understand what is important and what problems and issues concern people. Finally, it is enjoyable and one of our key targets is ‘enjoyment’.
Lyn Evans, Voluntary Warden for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
There are a number of ways to get involved…
We work with National Park voluntary wardens. This is a group developed and managed by the rangers who work in each of the ranger areas.
Alternatively, you could join the Friends of the National Park. This is an independent group who manage their own work parties but who work closely with the Authority on agreed projects.
If you are part of a group or organisation that would like to take part in volunteering, we may be able to suggest a suitable task for your group and provide tools and equipment so that you can do the job in a safe way.
If you are in a local group you could even take on management of some of your local paths as the Newport Paths Group have done. In the last two years we have worked with groups from The Bank of England, the Army and the Princes Trust. If you’re interested please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, if you are a local community group, why not adopt your local beach or section of coast? Keep Wales Tidy in Pembroke Dock coordinates around 30 local groups who take responsibility for extra beach cleans and some have become very influential and active.
So if you love this Park, please contact us and get involved in looking after it! We’d love to hear from you.