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 April 2018

This year, 2018, is our 40th anniversary in which we continue to attend a good variety of venues. February, our actual anniversary month, we worked at Coaley Peak, and enjoyed a birthday cake. Our group and others on different days, are removing regenerating shrubs and tree growth to allow the grassland habitat to recover with its relevant flowering plants.

However we seriously celebrated on our March work day while at Woodchester valley. In the afternoon the two Lead Rangers, Dave  Armstrong and Matt Stanway, joined us with a gift Beech tree which as a group we planted in one of the restored meadows. Again a lovely cake was provided, doing nothing for the waistlines!

Please see the top of this page to see the sort of work we do.

Jane Gill


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




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