Volunteer at Grafham Water

Grafham Water is the third largest reservoir by area in England and was officially opened in July 1966 by His Royal Highness Prince Philip.


It was built to meet the water needs of the new town of Milton Keynes, plus those of existing Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire towns which were expanding rapidly at the time.

A major recreation site, Grafham Water has evolved over the last 20 years to now attract visitors from all over the East, South East and Central Midlands.

We welcome over 330,000 visitors each year to enjoy an impressive visitor centre, cafes, sailing club, cycle hire, playgrounds, more than ten miles of marked trails, and our nationally renowned fly fishery.

Why volunteer at Grafham Water?

As a conservation volunteer, you can help us maintain and improve this beautiful landscape, increasing its value both for visitors and wildlife.

With duties ranging from site patrols, litter picking and helping organise and run events, to assisting with path surfacing, fencing, woodland thinning and conservation projects on site, there are many ways you can help.

As a token of our appreciation, you’ll receive an annual car parking pass for Grafham Water Park, worth £45, and 10% off in the Anglian Water shops – plus, there’s a plentiful supply of tea and biscuits.

As our way of saying thank you for supporting Grafham Water, there are also a few social events, including our volunteers' Christmas party.

What kind of tasks need doing?

We meet every two weeks, usually on a Thursday. Working all over the reservoir, tasks vary week by week and season by season.

It would be great if you could come along, have fun, meet new people and learn some new skills - there are plenty of challenges to get stuck into.

Some of the things we tackle include:

  • Hedge laying
  • Coppicing
  • Woodland management
  • Wildflower meadow management
  • Gardening
  • Litter picking
  • Fencing
  • Wildlife surveying

We provide all the tools and any safety equipment you’ll need but bring warm clothes, waterproofs, walking boots - preferably steel toe-capped - and something to eat and drink.

How do I sign up?

If you’re interested in joining our team of regular conservation volunteers, then contact Dominic Bowyer for more information on 07989180707 or email info_grafham@anglianwater.co.uk

At a glance:


Grafham Water


Every two weeks on a Thursday between 09:30 and 15:00.


To help keep Grafham green and to protect and improve the landscape for people and wildlife.

Fishing, walking, cycling, water sports

Our water parks not only bring vital water resources for the region, but they also provide a fantastic day out for all the family.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than our fabulous water parks.