If you would like to have a holiday but at the same time do your bit for the environment – here’s some information you might find useful.

The National Trust runs around 450 Working Holidays every year, throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What Activities Are Available To You?

• How About Doing A Conservation Survey?
• Herding Goats (no kidding)
• Painting a Lighthouse (that should get you going round in circles)

That’s just a sample of your possibilities.

Who Are These Working Holidays For?

The short answer is anyone and everyone.

What Is The Duration of These Working Holidays?

Your working holiday can range from two to seven days.

What Is The Cost of These Holidays?

From £60 per week and this includes food and hostel type accommodation – how’s that for a bargain?

You don’t need any experience as experienced volunteer leaders and staff will soon have you as part of the team.

All you need is to be team spirited plus you must have a love of the outdoors – in breathtakingly beautiful locations and not mind getting your hands dirty.

Who Goes On These Working Holidays?

Some people come on their own, others come as couples. People literally from all walks of life and from all over the world enjoy these working holidays, as long as they are 16 years of age upwards.

What Is The Accommodation Like?

You will be staying in a Trust Basecamp. You will sleep in a room with six to eight other people of your own sex.

What Kind of Work Will You Be Doing?

You will be hacking your way through the undergrowth making paths that others can pass through easily.

Erddig The Yale Hostel) Basecamp

There are still possibly some vacancies left for a short break at Erddig.


• 18 Beds
• Parking
• Telephone
• Cooking Facilities
• Freezer / Fridge
• Shower
• Drying Room
• Washing Machine
• Lounge Area

Additional Information

Heating: Log fire in Lounge and Oil Fired Central Heating

What To Bring: Sleeping Bags / Pillows / Towels

Nearest Public Transport: Railway and Bus Station at Wrexham (2 Miles away)

Availability: All year round.

Contact Details: The National Trust, General Office, Erddig, Wrexham, LL13 0YT

Tel: 01978 355314
Fax: 01978 313333
Email: erddig[at]

West Exmoor Coast

Or maybe you would prefer a week’s holiday at West Exmoor Coast.

This property includes most of the coast between Woody Bay and Combe Martin, the Heddon Valley and Trentishoe Down.

For the first time in over five years this butterfly has been spotted within walking distance of basecamp.

We need help with keeping the High Brown Fritillary Butterfly in the vicinity.

Ysbyty Estate

The vast Ysbyty Estate lies just south of picturesque Betws y Coed in Wales and is the largest single estate cared for by the National Trust.

Working holidays here offer the chance to help conserve and explore parts of Snowdonia that are still unspoilt by tourists.

Would you like to learn how to build dry stonewalls? Well you can at Ysbyty Estate.

For further information regarding the above working holidays go to the National Trust Website:




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