David Attenborough with TCV staff and volunteers

About us

We are The Conservation Volunteers.

Every day, The Conservation Volunteers (or TCV as we’re known) works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone. We do this by connecting people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both.

We recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion, combat loneliness or enhance employment prospects, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real-life challenges they face.

For over sixty years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all.

Whilst our activities vary, our inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.

The impact of TCV's work

TCV's Strategy 2018-2021 - Connecting People and Green Spaces

Our vision

Healthier, happier communities for everyone.

Our mission

To connect people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both.

The challenges facing communities in the UK today are significant and many – social, health and economic inequality, a lack of community cohesion in many areas and an increase in isolation and loneliness to name just a few. At the same time, funding for the care of green spaces, so essential to any healthy, happy community, continues to diminish.

These are challenging, changing and uncertain times and there has never been more need for the work of TCV, which is refreshingly simple in its approach; we connect people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both.

In this section, you’ll find out more about who we are – our vision, our mission and some of the outputs from our work – and we’ll look at the multiple outcomes that we deliver for people and green spaces, with examples from around the UK.

Download our mini-brochure as a PDF

The Conservation Volunteers are the unsung heroes of the environment. No one will protect what they do not first care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced…

Simply as a citizen, I want to thank you for the way you have transformed the way in which I spend my urban life… You provide not only reasons but the ability to do things. You are an astonishing organisation.

TCV Vice President, Sir David Attenborough CBE