How you can help
There are many ways that you can get involved in helping to create, maintain or encourage others to use parks and green spaces.
"Helping to put pride back into our communities brings out the feelgood factor in me. Without us volunteers some of our green spaces would disappear." - Barbara Belford, Oak Tree SAFE.
Volunteering in Greenwood couldn't be easier and there is a whole range of activities to take part in all year round. Whatever your interest, or time available, there are lots of practical ways you can get involved.
Becoming a volunteer is fun! You can get involved in the planning of events, writing articles, producing newsletters, or get out into the fresh air to take part in one of the many practical conservation tasks taking place every week. These can range from woodland conservation and hedge laying in winter to grassland and heathland management in summer – but be prepared for anything!
It might just be the new adventure you are looking for - it's free, keeps you fit into the bargain and it's a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
There are lots of groups right on your doorstep who are keen to welcome you and there's also free training available and a host of other benefits. You can contact any of the organisations below or Friends groups. Contact the Greenwood Team for a free copy of the Friends of Greenwood directory of volunteering opportunities. So go on - have a go - you might just enjoy it!
Contact one of Greenwood's partnership organisations for further environmental volunteering opportunities.
Join a Friends Group
You can also join a Friends group in your area. Friends groups are made up of local people who are enthusiastic about their local green space or park. These individuals have organised themselves into a formal group to give them a say about their local area. Some groups hold walks, events and surveys as well as litter picking and practical tasks. Others might volunteer in the visitor centre, organise publicity, fundraise or simply keep a watchful eye on the park.
If there isn’t a Friends group near you – why not start one. Download our Greenwood Community Woodland Handbook which has some useful infomation even though some of the contact details may be out of date or you can get in touch with the team to find out more.
Be A Volunteer Warden
Becoming a volunteer warden is very rewarding and has immense benefits for a park or green space. Local visitors recognise and relate to a point of contact – someone to chat to or complain to, whatever the information - it is vital, and when channelled though a volunteer warden can provide valuable input into the ongoing development of the park. Of course there are many facets to being a volunteer warden and training is available.
Be A Shadow Ranger
Shadow Rangers voluntary work placements are a great way of getting experience of working in the countryside for those wishing to start a career in countryside management. The Forestry Commission’s Sherwood Forest Community Rangers project provides each Shadow Ranger with a mentor from a number of host organisations. On the job training takes place, including practical site management, working with communities, planning and organising countryside events, guided walks and environmental education activities. For more information contact the Sherwood Forest Community Rangers on 01623 822447.
Become a Walk Leader
This is a great way to take the first steps back into regular exercise. Whether you want to lose weight, increase your mobility, or just meet up with new friends for an easy paced stroll, health walks could be just right for you.
Walks start at around a mile in length, and you can choose some longer walks as your fitness improves. And the great thing is you get to walk at your own pace!
As you improve you might want to give walk leading a go – local walk groups are always looking for volunteer walk leaders. All leaders and walks are insured and free training is given. Contact your local walk group there’s one practically at the end of your street!
Walking for Health Groups (Ramblers and Macmillan)
|On Your Doorstep (Mans/Ash)
Walk & Talk (Broxtowe)
|Our Centre (Kirkby-in-Ashfield)
Best Foot Forward (Nottingham)
Get Going Gedling
|Workhouse Walkers (Southwell)
Local Walking Groups
Friends of Greenwood Community Forum
The Greenwood Community Forest Team can support Friends groups in many ways. We have experience of setting up Friends groups and can help keep that initial enthusiasm going. Once set up, the team and other organisations offer ongoing support.
Click on our map to see members of the Friends of Greenwood Community Forum in your area.
One way the team can help is through the Friends of Greenwood Community Forum. This is a network of Friends groups in the Greenwood area who meet up to four times a year.
The group's aims are:
- To gather and disseminate information by sharing experience and best practice
- Provide a Forum for discussion, acting as a sounding board
- Provide a valuable pool of skills, knowledge and experience, both to support individual Friends groups and also for input into the Community Forest programme
- Help support the development of new and existing groups through mentoring and advice
We meet at a different Friends group’s site each time, and the host group leads a walk after lunch. This is usually a great way to share knowledge and discuss similar experiences encountered in the development and management of sites.
Find the Friends of Greenwood on facebook
To find out more about the Forum contact the Greenwood Team on 0115 9932600.
Greenwood Community Awards
Each year the Greenwood Partnership says thank you to volunteers by organising a celebration event. This usually includes a barbecue followed by a presentation of achievements over the last 12 months.
Individuals recognised by their peers as making an outstanding contribution towards creating, or encouraging people to use the Greenwood Community Forest are presented with an award. Swancar Farm in Trowell was the venue for the Greenwood Awards 2016.
Help Greenwood to Grow
Plant a tree
- Give advice
- Give grants
- Tell you when and where tree-planting events are taking place
Download our "How to plant a tree" leaflet
Grow a Tree From Seed
See the Tree Council website for seed gathering Sunday events every October.
Memorial Tree Schemes in Greenwood
Brierley Forest Park
Plant a tree to celebrate a special event or as a memorial for a loved one or just to help your forest grow. The Greenwood Family Tree Scheme is based at Brierley Forest Park. A tree is planted for you in the memorial copse and is recorded in a special book kept at the park.
Colliers Wood, Moorgreen
The Friends of Colliers Wood manage the waterloo copse at Colliers Wood, a community woodland at Moorgreen in Broxtowe. Trees can be planted in the copse for a nominal fee, which pays for a sapling to be planted and a dedication to be made in the memorial book held at Durban House Heritage Centre.
National Tree Week
Each year trees are celebrated during National Tree Week, which is usually held in the last week in November and ends with Tree Dressing Day on the first Sunday of December.
Look out for opportunities during National Tree Week and every autumn and winter to get out into the countryside and plant trees yourself. Contact the team for details or visit the Tree Council website for events in your area to celebrate National Tree Week.
Click here to send us a photo of you with your favourite tree to share with others.