The great thing about volunteering with Swannington Heritage Trust is that the range of tasks is so varied:-
Weed control - Without annual weed control the engine house and the railway tracks would be swamped with weeds.
Skilled Carpentry - When spending £4,500 on oak for a project, meticulous highly skilled carpentry is essential.
Mill Guide - Learn about the mill’s history and operations, then be a guide when the mill is open.
Hedge trimming - Hedges keep growing, as do the unwanted brambles.
“Normal” DIY - There are plenty of tasks where normal DIY skills are very useful.
Strawberry Fayre - People to prepare the food, serve the drinks, wash up.
Crown lifting - The lower branches of trees need to be removed otherwise they prevent the grass and
hedges from growing.
Lifting & carrying – Each part of our brake wheel has to be moved from the workshop to the
top floor of the mill.
Photographer - We are always looking for good photos of our sites and their nature for our website.
Mowing & strimming - With so many grass paths there is a lot of mowing and strimming to be done.
Bricklaying - Whether it is the plinth for a boiler or marking the layout of a former building,
bricklaying skills are handy.
Writing - Articles for our magazine and website. Perhaps your life in the village 50 years ago.
Fires - We cut back large volumes of branches, shrubs and vegetation. Our sites would be full of brush
piles if we did not burn the material.
Painting - Picnic tables, railings, doors and window frames need painting.
Knowing people - Knowing who can supply transport, make something, lend some tools or supply some information. All these help the Trust.
Planting - Planting trees, shrubs, bulbs and wild flowers. Nature needs a hand sometimes.
Management - A dreaded name but people are needed to make decisions, buy materials, plan work,
organise fund raising.
Naturalist - Identify and study the flowers, birds and other wildlife on site.
There is always a job if you are prepared to offer your services.