Get involved

There are lots of ways that you can support our work. You could become a member, volunteer to help out at one of the special places we look after, support one of our fundraising appeals or leave us a legacy in your will.

However you choose to help one thing is certain, you’ll be making a difference to the future of Cambridge. We’ll put your money to good use, helping to ensure that there are green spaces and historic buildings in and around the city for future generations to enjoy for many years to come.

Become a member

“CambridgePPF looks after the green places of one of the loveliest cities in Western Europe…Cambridge Past, Present & Future is doing its best to look after these – do help it, do join it!” Sir David Attenborough

Join us today

We need your help to:

  • look after green spaces and historic buildings in our care
  • protect the green belt, green spaces and heritage
  • deliver education, events and activities for the whole community in Cambridge and the surrounding countryside and villages.

Here you can find out about membership benefits, the cost and joining.

All members of Cambridge Past, Present & Future:

  • Help us to protect and care for the local environment for generations to come
  • Can park for free parking at Wandlebury Country Park
  • Can get free entry to our historic properties on open days
  • Can get discounted prices for events and activities
  • Can have preferential rates on hiring our barbeques and party venue
  • Can be invited to exclusive member events and
  • Can take advantage of promotions and discounts with third party organisations
  • Receive The Ring – our award-winning member newsletter.

Special Offer – we’ve partnered with Shepreth Wildlife Park – join now and get free entry tickets – two per family membership and one for a single membership.

The cost of membership

  • £25 Individual (1 person only)
  • £35 Family (2 or more adults, same household, under 16s free)
  • £15 Young Person 16-25
  • £40 Vol orgs/Parish Councils/Residents Associations
  • £350 Life member over 65 (single payment, one person)
  • £550 Joint Life Member over 65 (single payment, 2 people both over 65)

Choose how you would like to join by clicking on one of the links below and follow the instructions –

Online (including Direct Debit option)

By making an off-line Direct Debit payment

By making a BACS payment

By making a Cheque payment

Call into the office in person – during office hours

Gift membership – contact us for a gift card pack

 

You will find more information about our Patrons Club and including CambridgePPF in your will when you receive your membership joining pack.

Please note – we will never sell, share or divulge any of your details to any other organisations outside CambridgePPF. We take your confidentiality very seriously and only use your information to contact you about membership, events and activities together with other relevant updates.

Other ways to help

Give to one of our appeals

Every year we launch an annual appeal – asking people to help us fund specific projects or raise money to buy essential items that will make it easier for us to do our job. In the past we’ve asked our supporters to help us raise money to build a new bridge at Coton; create a new pond dipping platform at Wandlebury; purchase a gazebo for events and help to install a water supply at The Leper Chapel. Read all about our most recent fundraising appeal.

Give in memory

Many people choose to help our work by giving a gift in memory of a friend or relative. This could be a one-off gift to the charity; a collection in lieu of flowers at a funeral; or the purchase of an item that has significance to the person in question such as a memorial bench in a special location. Donations in memory of a loved one are always greatly appreciated. If you’d like to discuss giving to commemorate the life of someone special, please email the team. 

Give in celebration

If you are getting married or have an important celebration coming up, such as a significant birthday, and feel that you have everything that you need, why not think about getting friends and family to give a gift or donation to us instead. More and more people now set up charitable alternatives to conventional gift lists – a lovely way of spreading around the joy associated with your special event. If you’d like to speak to us about the options available, please email the team.

Remember us in your will

If you or a loved one have had a lifetime’s pleasure from places such as Wandlebury, then why not remember us in your will to ensure that the countryside and historic buildings in our care live on and are protected for future generations to enjoy. Some people have a clear idea of how they’d like us to use their bequest. Others prefer to leave a general gift that we can use to fund future projects at our discretion. If you are thinking of leaving us a legacy, please contact Mary Nealon, Head of Fundraising & Communications for a confidential discussion.

Take on a fundraising challenge

Lots of people take on fundraising challenges or organise special events for charities that are close to their heart. If you feel passionately about one of the special places in our care, we’d be delighted if you might consider raising money on our behalf. Maybe you’ve always wanted to sky dive or take on a fitness challenge. Or perhaps hosting a cake sale or a fundraising garden party or picnic is more your thing. However you feel able to help any money generated by your efforts would be put to good use. If you have an idea you’d like to discuss with the team, please get in touch.

Nominate us as a community cause

Over the years our supporters have kindly nominated us to be the recipient of community fundraising initiatives organised by local companies, banks, building societies, supermarkets, newspapers and radio stations. Recent examples include Cambridge’s famous Chariots of Fire charity race; Waitrose Community Matters; Cambridge News / Cambridge Building Society Cash for the Community and ASDA Your Community. If you hear of a scheme that we could put ourselves forward for, do let us know – or alternatively, feel free to nominate us yourself.

We’ve recently partnered with
Savoo.co.uk on a new and exciting fundraising
project. Every time you use Savoo, you can be
donating to us by either searching online, or using
their voucher codes & deals to shop and save money

Volunteer

We’re always interested in hearing from people or groups who have time to spare and a desire to give us some of their energy, passion and enthusiasm. We provide a wide range of volunteering opportunities that offer local people and companies the chance to work alongside different members of our team. Our existing volunteers bring skills and interests from all walks of life, helping out with a variety of tasks – outside and indoors.

Outdoors:

  • Practical conservation tasks
  • Leading healthy walks
  • Helping out at open days
  • Taking photographs of our properties
  • Staffing events such as the Stourbridge Fair

In the office:

  • General administrative tasks
  • Marketing
  • Mailings
  • Helping to produce education materials and in-house publications
  • Research and visitor survey work

Alternatively, you might like to join one of our specialist committees – helping us make key decisions about our properties; our planning work; our finances; and PR & publicity.

NB: For any outdoor work, volunteers will need an up to date tetanus jab; are advised to wear suitable sturdy footwear; and should dress according to the weather – waterproofs, sun hat, sun cream etc. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian. Bring a packed lunch if you are volunteering for a whole day.

If you feel you have something to offer, we’d love to hear from you – please get in touch.

Without the hard work of our volunteers our achievements would be much diminished.

Corporate support

If you are a local business looking to support a local charity, why not consider joining our corporate partnership programme. As a company operating in Cambridge you will be keen, like us, to help keep Cambridge special so that your staff can continue to live and work in an area that has green spaces and historic buildings to enjoy. By supporting our work your company will be able to demonstrate its environmental credentials and receive a number of other benefits.

We have platinum, gold, silver and bronze partnership options for local companies and can tailor what we offer to suit the needs of your company, employees and customers.

To discuss becoming one of our corporate supporters, please contact Mary Nealon, Head of Fundraising & Communications for an informal discussion.

All corporate partners receive:

  • Membership of our exclusive Patrons Club
  • Invitations to high-level networking opportunities via Patron Club events
  • Access to bespoke conservation / team building sessions at Wandlebury or Coton
  • Volunteering opportunities for employees that increase their skills
  • Inclusion of your company logo on CambridgePPF literature – in print and online

Current corporate partners and supporters include:

How your support helps

Over the years, thanks to the support of our members, and legacies and donations from far-sighted supporters, we have been able to:

  • Create Coton Countryside Reserve
  • Maintain and enhance Wandlebury Country Park
  • Restore and open Hinxton Watermill and Bourn Windmill for public enjoyment
  • Take the Leper Chapel into our care.

Recently funded projects

Thanks to the support and generosity of donations, grants and volunteer help we have been able to carry out projects such as

  • The construction of the Banyard Hide at Wandlebury Country Park
  • Creation of the Jubilee Orchard at Coton Countryside Reserve during 2012
  • Building the Bin Brook Bridge at West Coton
  • Providing equipment for new educational activites such as archery.

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