Wellbrook Volunteer Ranger

National Trust – Wellbrook

Hours

Weekdays

Where we are

Wellbrook Beetling Mill
20 Wellbrook Road
Cookstown
BT80 9RY

About the Volunteer Opportunity

Rangers love the countryside and being out in the fresh air, so they know what our outdoor visitors need. They’re great at taking care of the wildlife and stunning historical landscapes, for ever, for everyone.

What’s involved?

  • Helping the ranger team with practical work to keep the countryside in great condition, enhance the conservation of the property and maintain the outdoor spaces i.e. cutting grass, strimming, lifting leaves, litter picking, wildlife surveys.
  • Learning more about Wellbrook, its history, landscape, nature and wildlife.
  • Helping each visitor feel welcome, making suggestions so they have a safe and enjoyable day.
  • Being ready to help, sharing what’s great about the property, helping people understand why we need to take care of special places and thinking about the needs of all visitors, including disabled people and families.
  • Letting staff know of any issues with fences, footpaths etc.
  • There might be some other activities that are of interest to you, that we could use your help with.
 

This role will suit you if you are:

  • Outdoorsy, whatever the weather’s doing.
  • Reasonably fit and healthy for walking and practical tasks.
  • Keen to work with people and wildlife.
  • Passionate about Wellbrook and know the best spots.
  • Available on weekdays.
 

By getting involved you could:

  • Keep fit without even trying.
  • Help look after important landscapes for future generations.
  • Use your passion for the outdoors and share your knowledge with visitors.
  • Working alongside passionate countryside management professionals, learning skills along the way.
  • Join a friendly and varied team and make some new friends.
 

All volunteers undergo an induction, relevant training and periodic reviews. All equipment and necessary uniform will be provided.  Reimbursement of out-of-pocket travel costs between home and volunteering location (up to 40 miles per day) is granted in accordance with National Trust policy and agreed with the National Trust manager.

About the Organisation

In a remote and green valley of County Tyrone stands Wellbrook Beetling Mill, now a lone reminder of the flourishing linen industry which once operated around Corkhill, near Cookstown.  Situated in a peaceful, wooded glen along the Ballinderry River, Wellbrook Beetling Mill stands as a reminder of Ulster’s once-flourishing linen industry that dates back to the late seventeenth century.

The mill was in operation until 1961 and was given to the Trust, along with one acre of land, by Mr. S. J. Henderson in 1967. The building, machinery, and watercourses were in a state of disrepair and required extensive restoration work. With the help of the Landmark Trust and a public fundraising appeal, £25,000 was raised to finance the repairs. Several years later, on Friday 19 June 1970, Wellbrook was officially opened to the public by the Chairman of the Irish Linen Industry.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wellbrook-beetling-mill

 

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Volunteers may be required to complete an Access NI disclosure for some volunteering roles.  A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a volunteer position.