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.
South Devon Conservation Team
Our training and volunteer centre at Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, 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! Everyone is welcome to volunteer or enquire about training courses. For more information on courses or volunteering please call us on 01626 325630, 07740 899604 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid & East Devon Conservation Team
Our training and volunteer team leads and supports practical conservation work in and around the Mid and East Devon 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! Transport provided from Exeter to many site around Devon, working alongside landowners. For more information on courses or volunteering please call us on 01626 325630, 07764 655698 or email on email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Newton Abbot 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
Are you a landowner or manager with a job you'd like us to do? Whether your project is tackled by TCV volunteers or trainees, you can be assured it will be completed to a high standard. Experienced and skilled leaders run all the tasks and the groups are fully insured for the work involved. A wide variety of projects can be undertaken, though there must be an environmental aspect to them, such as improving habitats or public access, but can include projects such as fencing. A charge will be made. If you feel TCV could help you, please call us to discuss your project in more detail and possibly arrange a site visit to see what we can offer.