All around the UK, more people than ever before are getting together in community groups to improve their local environments. The Conservation Volunteers' Community Network already supports several thousand local groups.
Join them now to take advantage of competitively-priced insurance, discounts on training and merchandise, funding information, access to grants, training opportunities and much, much more!
We offer all you need to make your work safe, effective and enjoyable.
Whether you're experts or just thinking about getting involved in environmental activities and need to know where to start, we can give you a helping hand to turn your vision into reality.
Annual Community Network membership is just £38.
Joining is simple. Visit our online Training and Resources for an application form.
Membership of the Network is open to all community groups, clubs, schools or local organisation wanting to work for a better environment.
Your annual membership (currently £38 per year) entitles you to the following:
The Chestnut Fund is an independent charity, making grants available to encourage and enable community groups to carry out conservation activities. The grants are administered by The Conservation Volunteers.
The grants fall into two categories:
These are for groups who have no money when they are first set up and are available to groups in their first year of existence. The grant will enable them to begin practical work and will cover administrative expenses, e.g. postage, publicity, hire of meeting rooms, telephone bills and/or the first year of The Conservation Volunteers Community Network Membership plus Insurance fees. The maximum grant will be £150.
These are for groups who have no money for tools, equipment and training. Preference will be given to resources selected from The Conservation Volunteers sources. This grant is available to all groups, regardless of how long they have been constituted. (Groups within their first year can apply for both the start-up grant and the support grant). The maximum grant will be £350.
Forms can be:
Please note that in order to apply, the group must return the form to the local The Conservation Volunteers office for approval before it can be processed.
The Chestnut Fund committee meet every 6 weeks to discuss new applications.