Conservation charity the National Trust has launched a website to promote community involvement in caring for the environment.
Called 'Get Active', the site provides potential volunteers with information on how to give of their spare time...
to protect historic houses, gardens, coast and countryside around the UK.
According to the charity, web visitors can use an interactive map to find out about the volunteering opportunities available in each region, which range from botanical surveys and bricklaying to archaeological excavations and looking after museum objects.
Individuals, groups, clubs and businesses can make short- or long-term volunteering commitments to the charity, and can also enjoy 'working holidays' around the country, spending up to 10 days on conservation work. For more information, visit nationaltrust.org.uk.