About Us

Phil in the Mill Pond at Flatford

Phil in the Mill Pond at Flatford

We are one of 60+ groups affiliated to National Trust (NT) who help rangers maintain their properties. Our “patch” extends from Dunwich in the north to Bourne Mill (Colchester) in the south to Ickworth (Bury) in the west.

Founded in 1983, we meet for a “task” on Sundays once a fortnight and free transport is generally available. Tasks are usually outdoors on local National Trust countryside sites – mainly woodland and gardens; luckily Suffolk is a relatively dry county! We rotate tasks between several estate rangers in the area; tools are provided and instruction on how to use them safely is given. In addition rangers can provide valuable insight into careers in conservation.

Building a boardwalk on Orford Ness


  • You do not have to be a National Trust member to come and play with us.
  • There is no commitment to come out every task and definitely no room stewarding!
  • You don’t need to be skilled or knowledgeable – just have a willingness to get involved.


Anyone clocking over 50 hours a year is eligible for (effectively) free NT membership the following year and 20% off NT goods. More details are available here.