Welcome to TCV Norfolk: working with local communities to improve their environment. Projects are open to everyone over 16, regardless of background, and no previous experience or specialist knowledge is necessary. We provide tools, equipment and experienced leaders. Please click on the links below to find out about our projects:
Great Yarmouth Green Gym
Norwich Action Team
Norwich Green Gym
North Norfolk Workout Project
Community Groups across the county
We join BBC Countryfile in Cromer
Volunteeers from TCV's Norwich Environmental Action Team and North Norfolk Workout Project Group joined forces with presenter Julia Bradbury and backstage crew from BBC Countryfile, along with North Norfolk District Council staff, to help repaint a seaside shelter in July.
It was a great day out for the Norwich group, and a real change for us all to be restoring a Victorian building overlooking the sea. Not to mention the chance for a bit of autograph hunting!
Broadcast of the programme has been delayed because of coverage of the Olympics, but it should be on air soon.
New sites tasks in and around Great Yarmouth (and Norwich)
It was a grave matter - important historic monumnets were being lost under a tangle of ivy, bramble and scrub, and it was our job to rediscover them so that they could be restored. There are so many stories to be found in St Nicholas Cemtery, like the sea captain lost in the Great Gale of 1867, or the candlemaker who wasn't allowed within the city walls, or the Zeppelin victim...
Great Yarmouth Green Gym, which is funded by the Broads Authority's Sustainable Development Fund, and supported by our local society lottery through the Health Lottery, is now moving on to more new sites - at St Benet's Abbey near Ludham, and Boon's Heath in Aldeby, as well as working regularly at Beacon Park in Gorleston.
click here for the page all about the Great Yarmouth Green Gym
New name - same people
BTCV has been working for over 50 years to help local people reclaim green places. From May 1st, we will have a different way of introducing ourselves. For a long time, people have had difficulty with our name. The full name "British Trust for Conservation Volunteers" is long winded and complicated. And the initials, "BTCV", are easily muddled up.
We need to simplify the way in which we introduce ourselves, so that people can understand and remember who we are. From May 1st, we will introduce ourselves simply as "The Conservation Volunteers".
What is a Green Gym?
Green Gyms (and the North Norfolk Workout Project) are a chance to get active, improve your fitness and well-being and improve your local environment.
Thney are a regular free session of practical conservation activity, offering a chance to 'work-out' in the great outdoors (without a rowing machine in sight) and learn traditional skills with an experienced leader.
Green Gyms aim to improve physical fitness - and boost self-confidence and wellbeing - as well as benefiting the local area.
The Conservation Volunteers in Norfolk
Royal Oak Court
Tel: 01603 767300
Or you can watch this short film showing us at work...
Parnwell Pride Project
Further afield in north Cambridgeshire, The Conservation Volunteers runs a project to improve the local environment and quality of life in the Parnwell Estate, Peterborough, by working with a newly-formed community group.
This 3-year programme will enable us to support the local residents while they gain the skills and experience to take over managemet of their local green spaces themselves.
Click here for more about projects funded by Fair Share in Parnwell