The Northumberland coastline needs you!

The National Trust is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks at some of the charity’s most stunning locations on the north Northumberland coast.

From gardening and butterfly surveying to tour guiding and visitor welcoming, a variety of roles are on offer.

Simon Lee, property manager for Lindisfarne Castle and the Northumberland Coast, is looking for support to care for some of the area’s most iconic coastline, gardens and buildings.

He said: “The National Trust cares for 16 miles of coastline in Northumberland including beaches at Seahouses, Beadnell, Low Newton by the Sea, Embleton Links and Druridge Bay as well as the iconic Lindisfarne Castle and Farne Islands.

“We have a small team of staff to cover quite a huge area and as such rely on help from volunteers to help ensure these places remain special.

“People volunteer with us for all sorts of reasons; some do it because they love history and sharing their passion with our visitors, some do it because they love meeting new people and making new friends.

“But it’s not just history that attracts people.

“We have volunteers that also help in many other areas including manning a telescope to enable our visitors to go seal watching from the castle’s Upper Battery.”

The trust is keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in volunteering.

You do not need prior experience as full training and support is given, and you don’t need to be an expert or know a lot about the field of work your interested in.

Simon added: “The time commitment people give is completely down to the individual and as a token of our appreciation the trust offers volunteers free admission to all National Trust properties and 20 per cent discount in Trust shops as well as the reimbursement of travel expenses.”

A taster day will take place on Tuesday, July 10, from noon to 3pm, for people interested in becoming a volunteer in Lindisfarne Castle’s Gertrude Jekyll-designed Garden.

Green-fingered volunteers are being encouraged to drop in and find out more about the garden and becoming a volunteer.

To find out more about other opportunities, contact the team at Lindisfarne Castle on 01289 389244 or lindisfarne@nationaltrust.org.uk

In addition to volunteering for pleasure, many people find it is a great way of gaining valuable work-related experience.

Bex Outram, a ranger on the Farne Islands, spent time volunteering at a conservation centre in South Africa and for a season on the Farne Islands before securing a paid seasonal job on the Farnes this year.

As a charity, the National Trust relies on volunteers to help with all aspects of its work and in 2010/11 more than 61,000 volunteers gave 3.6million hours to the trust in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This is valued at approximately £30million in paid staff time.