Throughout Devon, there are many opportunities to get involved with practical conservation, through a wide variety of projects.
Through volunteering with us, you have an opportunity to:
- gain new practical conservation skills and qualifications;
- work in the beautiful Devon countryside;
- make a positive contribution to Devonís wildlife habitats.
Plymouth Conservation Team
Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the Practical Conservation Team carries out work in the beautiful Devon countryside and local green spaces. Everyone is welcome (but you will need to book a place on the minibus). The work is seasonal and could involve anything from building a boardwalk in a local wood or constructing an environmental area in a school, to clearing litter from a nearby beach. Full training is provided. To book a space on the minibus or for more information please call the Plymouth office on 01752 229765.
Dartington Conservation Team
Our training and volunteer centre at Dartington Hall, Totnes, leads and supports practical conservation work in and around the South Devon & Dartmoor countryside. The centre focuses on training and volunteer programmes which operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, to include Mondays soon. Typically 9.30 - 4.35pm. Presently we are offering a Level 2 Diploma in Environmental Conservation Course in which you are trained and assessed in a variety of practical environmental conservation task such as habitat management, tool use, step building or surveying to name a few! It is based here on the stunning Dartington Estate working alongside the knowledgeable estate wardens. Everyone is welcome to volunteer or enquire about training courses. For more information on courses or volunteering please call us on 01803 868926, 07740 899604 or email on email@example.com
Exeter Conservation Team
Our training and volunteer team in Exeter leads and supports practical conservation work in and around the Central Devon & Dartmoor countryside. The team focuses on training and volunteer programmes which operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays Typically 9.30 - 5pm. Presently we are offering a Level 2 Diploma in Environmental Conservation Course in which you are trained and assessed in a variety of practical environmental conservation task such as habitat management, tool use, step building or surveying to name a few! It is based in Exeter, with transport provided to many site around Devon, working alongside the RSPB and other landowners. For more information on courses or volunteering please call us on 01392 496687, 07764 655698 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualifications & Training
TCV Training Staff are working across the South West helping people through accredited training courses to further their skills set or develop their personal interests. Practical skills, such as habitat management, leading groups, vegetation management, boundary work and risk assessments are just some of the areas we can cover. Whether you wish to explore day courses or long term vocational couses such as those below, please get in touch.
Environmental Conservation Level II Diploma:- a valuable qualification that recognizes a wide range of practical skills, often highly desired by many conservation or land management organisations.
Horticulture Level II Diploma:- offering such a diverse range of activities to develop those skills for interests at home or your career.
The above courses can be gained by volunteering not just at TCV but other practical volunteer groups too, such as National Trust sites. It is likely you may also qualify for free enrollment!!
For more information on any Devon training courses please don't hesitate to get in contact with Nigel Cotterill on 07740 899605 or at email@example.com.
Conservation Team Building
TCV organises environmental team-building activities for groups of employees. As well as offering development opportunities to businesses, schools or public authorities, there is no better way to building a team, improving morale or getting to know one another than taking part in a rewarding outdoor project that is likely to benefit the local community, wildlife or both! Such tasks may include tree planting, beach sweeps, BBQs, step building or scrub bashing!
We can offer a range of volunteering activities to suit the groups needs. Whatever the activity, the day will be good fun and you will learn something new.
Contact Nigel Cotterill at N.Cotterill@tcv.org.uk for more information.
Here are some of the organisations we work alongside in the efforts to improve environments for wildlife and the community. They also help inspire people to get involved:
Friends of Kitson
Stoke Flemming Loam Rangers
Plymouth tree wardens
Tree wardens are volunteers who gather information about the trees in their patch, get involved in local tree matters and encourage local practical projects associated with trees. If you are interested in becoming a tree warden for your local area, we can provide you with training and opportunities to meet up with the network of Plymouth tree wardens.
Working as a Volunteer Officer
If you want to get more involved with the work that TCV does, you could consider helping to lead our projects. You will gain valuable experience and we provide free training in practical conservation skills as well as training in first aid, leadership, driving our minibus etc. There is also the opportunity to complete a free Diploma in Environmental Conservation.
Exeter, Totnes and Plymouth offices are now recruiting. Please see office details for contacts.
TCV assists the local community in undertaking practical conservation projects - find out how we could work with your community group
If you are a private landowner or manage an area of countryside and would like some work carried out by our enthusiastic group of volunteers and their skilled leaders for a very reasonable rate, please contact us (details below). The work must have an environmental aspect to it, for example improving habitats for wildlife or improving public access (eg footpaths or steps through a wood).
For more information please contact us:
6 Mannamead Road
Tel: 01752 229765
11-15 Dix's Field
Tel: 01392 496687
Totnes TQ9 6EQ
Tel: 01803 868926