Building Outdoor Skills

Building Outdoor Skills

Looking after our heritage and creating places for an active lifestyle requires a skilled workforce who can repair a stone wall, lay a hedge, conserve an ancient monument, improve habitats or teach outdoor sports. We want to deliver new training opportunities to our volunteers and especially young people to give them a new outlook on life and perhaps a career path they hadn’t thought of before.

We are keen to work with volunteers of all ages and abilities – but it’s not just about getting a job done, it’s also about friendship, company, being active, learning new skills and being outdoors.

To find out who to contact about volunteering please click here. Read more about the launch of the campaign here.

Current project

Building Burrator’s Outdoor Education

At Burrator Reservoir we have been delivering a fantastic range of activities with a variety of different people. Much of this was thanks to a significant Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Now we would love to extend our offer by improving our outdoor education space at the Discovery Centre.

By creating an accessible route to the lower lawn and improving our outdoor classroom, with seating and hopefully a shelter, we feel that many more people could benefit from our activities at Burrator.

You can help by getting involved, offering suggestions or by making a donation to this project. For further information please contact Emily Cannon, Community and Learning Officer on 01822 855700 or

Group of adults and children getting ready to use the outdoor space at Burrator Discovery Centre.

Our Trustee champion says-

“The countryside needs young people with the right skills; by focusing on those in deprived areas we can help our countryside and our communities”
John Lee

Green Bridge

Our ‘Green Bridge’ project offered learning opportunities to individuals in countryside skills, watersports instruction and catering. Designed for people who had become disengaged from the world of education, the project gave opportunities for higher level study with local colleges. The two year project, funded by the Learning & Skills Council also provided travelling and childcare allowances, to ensure that the most disadvantaged could take part. Open days and events ensured that the targets for participation were exceeded and many of our trainees found employment as a result of the project.