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 June — December 2018

03 June — Ebworth

13 May — Newark Park (TBC)                  

24 June — Rodborough Common 

15 July  --- Westbury Court

5 August --- Sherborne

19 August --- TBC

16 September ---- Woodchester

7 October --- Littleworth Woods

28 October --- Crickley Hill

18 November --- Sherborne

16 December --- Coaley Peak


ANTS Newsletter, Summer, 2018

Work and socials continue as we progress on through the year.    While we have continued on some days to clear pre-cut wood and cut re-growth, there have been no bonfires due to the lovely Summer we have had, which has made our countryside tinder dry. However there are plenty of other jobs to do such as, the annual trip to Westbury Court gardens to clear vegetation away from the banks of the main drainage brook.

Gate post cleaning at Newark Park.    On many of the tracks leading into the park are carved gate posts . Algae, lichen and vegetation need to be controlled so they are soap washed, rinsed and then treated to slow up future deterioration.    

As you see the work is varied, so maybe suitable for you also.    As a group,  once the day's work is announced, the choice of activity is yours, cutting or stacking etc. 

Keltie and Kantie, our two sponsored Belted Galloway cows, have produced calves. A heifer which will get kept to increase the herd and a bull calf (born10 May) which will in time be sold.


Some of our group attended the Ebworth Barbecue,  an annual rangers social.    This is a chance to meet other volunteers and Rangers in a social way.     While just as the Summer broke   (end of July),   we had a "garden gathering" at the writers house.     Active and past members, also a few committee joined us for a relaxed meal - indoors!    Being our 40th year we revived this as something we used to do in our earlier ANTing  years.

Jane Gill

WORK PARTIES - see above

Please bring enough food and drink for the day, together with suitable clothing and footwear.  Tools will be available, supplied by the Rangers, and we can provide protective gloves if required.

Due to parking problems we will no longer meet in the centre of Cheltenham so please let either Tim or Russ/Sally know if you are coming so that we can arrange enough transport and in case there is a last minute change of venue.  We aim to arrive at the worksites between 09:30 & 10:00. 
Tim — 01242 522435 Russ/Sally — 01242 243714 or email:


Fish & Chip Suppers at ”Popeyes• Queens Road, Cheltenham (near Railway Station) —The next outings will be Saturdays, 22nd June & 3rd November (which will be followed by a small Fireworks display).  The evenings start at 7:00 p.m. and you can either meet earlier at Tim‘s abode (19 Libertus Court, Cheltenham) or at the restaurant.

ANTS Weekend - The dates for the next long weekend break will be 11th—14th October.  I have received suggestions for the venue to be in the areas around Ely, Plymouth, West Sussex or Knowle, so please indicate if you are interested.  I will then research for available accommodation at a reasonable price.

The next ANTS Meeting will be at Tim‘s house on Friday, 26th October at 7.45 p.m.

ANTS Christmas Lunch — Sunday 9th December has been pencilled and Tim has provisionally booked ”Madisons•, the venue we were at last year.  Details of the cost, menu and times will be communicated in the autumn.



Here is the link to the latest  Gloucestershire Volunteers newsletter      



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