You’ll take part in nature conservation activities in the park, particularly path maintenance helping the local community access the park safely. We’ll also get out in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside for a day of path work on one of our long-distance paths. We’ll tackle non-native species to protect our riverbank and try out some bushcraft skills.
You’ll be housed at the new residential centre in the country park just along the main drive from the castle. There will be four to a room in bunk beds and no need for sleeping bags! There’s a kitchen with plenty of cooking equipment for you to use to cook up a tasty meal at the end of the day to use at the centre as well as a recreational space to hang out in the evenings and weekends. You’ll all work together to cook and clean as a team and have a chance to share inter-cultural meals and experiences.
Dean Castle Country Park is in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire and you may recognise it from the famous Outlander series as Beaufort Castle! There are local pubs and cafes nearby as well as a cinema in Kilmarnock. For weekend trips, there are plenty of tourist attractions within easy reach of Kilmarnock including Loch Lomond, Isle of Arran, Glasgow, Edinburgh or the beautiful beaches of Troon and Ayr.
You could try a ceilidh (fun folk dancing for everyone!) or last year we also brought a dance group in to do folk dancing with the volunteers,
Dean Castle Country Park has over 80 hectares of countryside and yet is set in the heart of
Kilmarnock as a free resource for the whole community. The Country Park boasts beautiful woodland walks, an adventure play area, urban farm, visitor centre, tearoom, shop and a fantastic 14th century castle. With scenic paths and trails to explore, the park is a great place to get away from the stresses of everyday life and see some fantastic wildlife. Volunteers are vital to the Park and help us improve the Park for wildlife and make it a better place for the community.
The project involves physical work outside so it’s important you’re happy outdoors in all weathers – particularly our famous Scottish summer! – doing physical work that’s often muddy. We’re looking for volunteers who are excited to work as part of a team and work together to achieve a happy and successful workcamp. This will be an English language workcamp so volunteers must have a high level of English and be willing and able to communicate in English throughout the work and social parts of the workcamp.
Sunshine is not guaranteed in Scotland! Expect some good old Scottish weather! Outdoor clothing that can get muddy, waterproofs, sturdy boots and/or wellies are essential.