Spotlight on: 5 ways to do conversation volunteering

If you should happen to have a few hours spare every now and again, why not volunteer with an organisation which will train you in looking after the landscape which surrounds us.


There are plenty to choose from: locally Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire are celebrating their 30th year, and offer a range of volunteering opportunities, from helping to improve local open spaces, to tree plantings, ground maintenance and free courses.

The British Conservation Volunteers are a national organisation which run plenty of opportunities, from individual projects to international conservation holidays.  If you have a little space for your own mini-project, they also sell seeds, hedgerow kits, bulb and ferns.

The Wildlife Trusts also have projects and opportunities countrywide, they accept casual and regular volunteers.  Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is celebrating its 50th year this year, and through them you can even sponsor a sheep.

If you prefer a forest environment, then take a look at the Forestry Commission.   You can undertake tasks such as planting trees or maintaining paths – or if that’s all a bit energetic, then they also accept help with stewarding events, doing wildlife surveys or answering enquiries in the office.

If you’d prefer somewhere focused on local issues, try the Derbyshire Conservation Volunteers.  Celebrating 31 years, and affiliated to the BTCV, tasks here are usually run on Sundays from 10-4pm and are varied, including pond clearance, slash and burn,hedge laying and footpath management.

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