Volunteering in the Churnet Valley Living Landscape

Hedgelaying in the Churnet ValleyHedgelaying in the Churnet Valley

Improve the Churnet Valley for wildlife and visitors by joining the regular volunteer group.

Help to improve the Churnet Valley

Would you like to get stuck into some practical volunteering in the beautiful Churnet Valley Living Landscape, learning about the fascinating natural and industrial heritage of the area while you work?

The volunteer group meets up every Wednesday, from 10am - 3pm/3.30pm, and carries out a diverse range of practical jobs for the partners of the Churnet Valley Living Landscape project

What will I do?

The tasks undertaken by volunteers benefit wildlife and help to improve access for visitors. Examples of work carried out by the volunteers are:

  • Hedgelaying along the Leek arm of the Caldon Canal on behalf of the Canal and River Trust. This a traditional and wildlife-friendly way of managing hedgerows.
  • Bridge and step installation at Hawksmoor, an ancient woodland managed by the National Trust
  • Pulling invasive Himalayan Balsam plants at various locations across the Churnet Valley.

Who can volunteer?

The minimum age for volunteers is 18. The current volunteer group ranges in age from 18 - 70, and includes everyone from students wanting to gain experience of conservation work to retired people who want to learn new skills, meet people and explore their local landscape. 

Most volunteers provide their own transport, but there are a limited number of spaces available in the pickup which leaves Leek no later than 9.30am.

Want more information?

Details of upcoming volunteering activities can be found on the Churnet Valley Living Landscape website. For more information on the group, call the practical projects officer on 07960 875157 or email r.whiting@staffs-wildlife.org.uk