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Community Builder – creating thriving communities through natural impact 

TCV’s Community Builder Programme helps you take an active role in the creation of local outdoor spaces that reflect your community’s unique needs.

Your precious green spaces might be used as somewhere to grow food, as an outdoor classroom, as a haven for wildlife or simply somewhere to meet friends.

Join in with TCV’s local conservation projects or the network of community groups supported by TCV developing these spaces at the heart of communities.

Find a Community Group near you

Each year TCV...

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  • Helps over 2,000 UK communities to improve outdoor spaces
  • Achieves over 900,000 volunteer hours – enhancing health and wellbeing and having a positive impact on community green spaces
  • Plants over 80,000 trees to benefit the natural environment
  • Maintains almost 29,000 metres of footpaths – making green spaces accessible to communities across the UK.

On my first ever day with TCV, I realised that I had stumbled across a group that was going to provide me with an ongoing and amazing experience each and every week.

Eve, TCV Volunteer

How we can help your Community Group

Does the idea of protecting your local environment for generations to come sound good to you?

We currently work with over 2,000 Community Groups providing the practical support they need to thrive. This includes specialist training as well as a range of unique benefits from community group insurance to funding guidance and discounts on tools and trees.

Join TCV’s Community Network for just £38 per year

If you’re a community group, club, school or local organisation, why not join TCV’s Community Network? Annual Community Network membership is just £38, which will give you access to:

  • Public liability and personal accident insurance, which is essential for groups carrying out practical tasks
  • A range of specially negotiated discounts from TCV's suppliers of tools, trees, seeds, equipment and clothing.
  • The Community Hub, which allows you to keep a membership database, record details of your work and the sites you improve, email your members, and create reports to celebrate achievements. This online resource has a bank of task report templates, publicity resources, and health and safety information.
  • Subsidised places on our Training Courses, including practical, technical and leadership skills from pond management to First Aid.
  • Optional free listing of your contact details and web address on The Conservation Volunteers website.
  • A website template and the guidance and support to set up your own web site. 

Joining is simple. Visit our online Training and Resources for an application form.

Or for local advice or if you need extra help with a project call your nearest Conservation Volunteers office and have a chat with a project officer.

The Chestnut Fund – helping Community Groups find their feet

To ensure that more and more groups can get up and running successfully, the Chestnut Fund can provide all-important launch funding for those who need it. The fund is an independent charity whose grants are administered by The Conservation Volunteers.

There are two types of grants that you can apply for:

Start-up grants

Aimed at community groups who often have no money when they’re first established. You can apply for a start-up grant – up to £150 – any time during your first year of existence.

Support grants

Up to £350 is available to new and established groups who are in need of third-party funding for tools, equipment and training.

Download the application form from our online Training and Resources or contact TCV’s Community Network Administrator on 01302 388 834 or

I volunteer with TCV because it just seemed such a brilliant idea: get fit; be sociable; do good for the countryside; learn new skills; have fun - all in one.

Jennifer, TCV volunteer