Practical Conservation / Outdoor Opportunities

Volunteering - adults

Practical Conservation / Outdoor Opportunities

Upcoming volunteering opportunities

Spend valuable time outdoors, learn new practical skills, and make friends!

Please note that there is currently a waiting list for many of our groups. Please get in touch to discuss how you can get involved. You can contact the Trust regarding volunteering opportunities by contacting Louise at or call 01889 880100 unless stated otherwise on listings. 


TTTV Transforming Lives Trainee (practical land management)
Transforming the Trent Valley is a partnership project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund covering parts of Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The placement represents a unique opportunity to undertake training and develop skills and knowledge in order to further a career in biodiversity conservation, ecology and practical conservation tasks
Details: The trainee (with support and training) will provide assistance to Transforming the Trent Valley staff in practical habitat management and restoration projects together with some field survey, data analysis and people engagement work.

More information in the Role Description below 

Living Landscapes (Practical Land Management) Voluntary Trainee Job Description

Transforming the Trent Valley Partnership

Transforming the Trent Valley – Volunteer History Ranger
The role of Volunteer History Rangers is to visit and carry out surveys of heritage sites and 20th Century military buildings (particularly pillboxes) in the TTTV landscape. Please see for more information on the TTTV project. 


Around the county nature reserves (Midweek Vols)
Would you like to learn new practical skills and help us look after our nature reserves? Typical activities on our midweek work parties include: scrub clearance, coppicing, grassland management, footpath maintenance, fencing, and invasive plant species control.
Details: Work parties every Wednesday and Thursday. No experience necessary. Tools and training provided. Minibus transport available from the Trust's Wolseley Centre at Wolseley Bridge or can meet on site.

Churnet Vally volunteering

Credit: Ed Marshall

Churnet Valley
Take part in a variety of practical work at locations across the Churnet Valley Living Landscape area. Typical activities include, step installation and scrub clearance, grassland management.
Details: The group meets up every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 10.15am – 2.30pm. Meeting on site (no transport available).

Doxey Marshes - reeds

Doxey Marshes nature reserve
Details: Work parties take place on the first and third Friday of the month between 10.30am and 3pm, meeting on site at Warrens Lane. Undertaking a range of tasks including coppicing, footpath maintenance, fencing and keeping the reserve tidy. 

Gentleshaw Common Volunteering

Credit: Paul Harris/2020VISION

Gentleshaw Common nature reserve
Join a regular team of volunteers helping to look after Gentleshaw Common, a beautiful 86 hectare heathland reserve on the southern edge of Cannock Chase.
Details: All tools and training provided. Work parties take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month 10:30am - 2:30pm

FULLY BOOKED - contact to be added to waiting list 

HIghgate Common Volunteering

Credit: Paul Harris/2020VISION

Highgate Common nature reserve (South Staffs, near Womborne)
Would you like to get involved in managing Highgate Common to create the best habitat for rare heathland wildlife? Typical activities include scrub clearance to make space for heathland to regrow, creating sandy patches for the Common's rare bees, and coppicing.
Details: Work parties take place every Tuesday from 10am - 3.30pm. Meet at the warden's office in the Cory Community Centre off Highgate Road.

FULLY BOOKED - contact to be added to waiting list 

Litter picking

Credit: Peter Cairns/2020VISION

Leek area nature reserves (Northern Group)

Would you like to volunteer and help to work on nature reserves in the Leek area? Typical activities would include grassland management, moorland management, scrub clearance and fencing repairs.
Details: Work parties take place on every first and third Tuesday of the month from 10.15am - 2.30pm. Meeting on site (no transport available). All training and tools provided.

The Roaches

Image by kevin Palmer 

The Roaches Nature Reserve
Would you like to volunteer and help to work on our nature reserves in the Leek area? Typical activities would include footpath maintenance, moorland management, scrub clearance and habitat maintenance.
Details: Work parties take place every Friday from 10am - 2.30pm. All training, tools and gloves provided. Meet at Roaches Gate.

Gardening for wildlife

Wolseley Centre - Wednesday Gardening Group 
Come along and help manage the feature areas of the grounds of The Wolseley Centre with a group of like-minded people. The work group will undertake lighter conservation activities to compliment other maintenance and management work that takes place on site. Typical activities would include planting, managing flower beds, weeding and keeping pathways clear. All tools and
training are provided.
Details: Work Parties will take place every Wednesday morning, at 10am till 1pm, meeting on site.


Credit: Jon Hawkins

Rod Wood nature reserve (near Leek)
Get stuck into some practical volunteering tasks on one of the county's best flower-rich hay meadows.
Details: All training and tools provided. Work parties take place on the second Saturday of each
month, 10am - 1pm.


Swineholes Wood, Ipstones (near Leek)
Get stuck into some practical volunteering tasks on the Trust's Swineholes Wood nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest that includes woodland, heathland and moorland.
Details: All training and tools provided. Work parties take place on the first Sunday of the month, 10am - 1pm.


Credit: Susan Freeman

Westport Lake Visitor Centre
You could be planting wildflowers, maintaining paths, clearing scrub and restoring habitat.
Details: Meets the second Friday of each month, starting with a meeting at the Visitor Centre at
9.30am, followed by practical conservation work on site (two sessions: 10am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 3pm).

Explore Wild About Tamworth

Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Wild About Tamworth 

A range of conservation tasks carried across a collection of reserves in Tamworth,

Details: Following the government's roadmap and restrictions easing, we are pleased to say that our WAT volunteer groups can once again be active. We are working to a smaller group capacity, and therefore if you are interested in joining one of the volunteer groups can you please email We can then assess, with the group leaders, upon a starting date for new volunteers. Thank you for your patience over this turbulent time, and we can't wait to meet you. You can find more about the Wild About Tamworth project here 

Youth Rangers

Practical Conservation Events helping to conserve Local Nature Reserves

Details: Two Groups available 14-17 years olds and 18 - 24yrs

Starting events: Wednesday June 2nd for 14-17yrs 10am-1pm and Saturday June 5th for 18-24yrs 10am - 1pm

Contact Shaun Rimmer,  Senior Community Engagement Officer  at if you want to know more or watch these introduction videos:


Branston Leas Volunteers

Practical conservation events

Details: Helping to manage and create a new nature reserve in Burton upon Trent

Contact Shaun Rimmer, Senior Community Engagement Officer at