The 'Cheltenham National Trust Volunteers Group'

- known as The ANTS (Active National Trust Squad) are a conservation group based in the Cheltenham and Gloucester area. We have recently worked at The Ebworth Estate, Rodborough Common, Woodchester Park, The Sherborne Estate and May Hill as well  as other NT Gloucestershire countryside properties.

Our work days are usually held every third Sunday. We also have a variety of social events and two Open Meetings‘ a year for members to air their views. Newsletters are produced two or three times a year. This information can be found on the Centre web site Click on the ANTS button on the left of the first page.

It is essential to let Russ or Tim know if you intend to come on a work party in case there is a last minute change of venue or cancellation due to adverse weather.

For bookings and further information please contact: Russ Self 01242 243714 or or Tim Parker on 01242 522435

You will need to bring enough food and drink for the day and have good boots (preferably  with steel toecaps), strong gloves and waterproof clothing. Tools are provided by the N T Rangers. We aim to arrive at work sites between 9.30 and 10.00 and usually finish between 14.00 and 15.00.

Work Party Dates and Locations April — June 2018

22 April — Dover‘s Hill                              

03 June — Ebworth

13 May — Newark Park (TBC)                  

24 June — Rodborough Common 

Dates and venues for the rest of the year should be available in May.


ANTS Report January 2018

As usual we have been to a variety of work places in the last few weeks. One work party had to be cancelled because of the Ranger having flu. We visited the Sherborne Estate twice and, on both occasions, worked in the Pleasure Grounds. The first time we were clearing scrub from near the Ice House. On the second we cleared laurel, which was covering an area where snowdrops should grow, from the area close to the seat encircling a large yew tree. We couldn‘t have a bonfire as the fumes from burning  laurel are toxic. The evidence seems to indicate that it will be a good year for snowdrops. After your snowdrop walk you could always sample the good snacks and drinks at the village shop

At the Christmas volunteer meeting at Chedworth Roman Villa the ANTS were given a letter of thanks for the £750 we had presented to Ranger Matt Stanway. The money was used for our sponsorship of two Belted Galloway heifers. We are pleased to report that both Keltie and Kantie are in calf.

Please do keep in touch on the web site to see where we will be working. Contact details for booking and other information as before. 


Here are links to the latest ANTS Newsletter and the Gloucestershire Volunteers newsletter:




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