23-year-old Natasha Maynard from Ealing is one of the most recent volunteers to join Environment Trust’s growing band of volunteers.

A recent graduate in biological sciences, Natasha spent some time travelling this year, but on her return, she decided to volunteer to do something worthwhile with her time.  

Natasha heard about Environment Trust through a neighbour whose daughter had volunteered with us as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. 

Natasha feels passionately about the environment and was keen to work with us on our projects that make a difference to the environment locally.

As a keen and very accomplished baker, Natasha baked some delicious cakes for our recent Plant  Sale at Kilmorey Mausoleum in St Margaret’s and ran the cake stand.

When she returns from a trip to Italy this summer, she plans to spend more time with our events team and help promote our events and social media.

Natasha has been volunteering since she was a child. She used to help at her church Sunday school and volunteered at a youth centre in Ealing, supporting day trips for children with disabilities. But volunteering runs in the family. Her grandmother is also a keen volunteer for a local hospice. Over the years, she has run a successful cake stall for the hospice and raised over £22,000 and whenever she can, Natasha is by her side.

Natasha says, “Volunteering with Environment Trust enables me to give back to the community. Like everyone I am extremely worried about climate change and want to do whatever I can to protect the environment. I saw this as a real opportunity to do something locally that would make a difference on a larger scale. I think if everyone did a little bit for the environment it would make a massive difference.”

“I love volunteering because I like doing something good without feeling that I am doing it to get something in return. Through my volunteering I have learnt many new things. I love meeting new people and it has improved my communication and time management skills and this is not just useful for my career but also for life.”