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TCV supports communities to become stronger, working together to improve the places where people live and tackle the issues that matter to them.

TCV brings residents and other stakeholders together and provide them with the practical expertise, resources and training they need to engage in sustained social action that makes a positive difference.

TCV draw upon our expertise as a national organisation and take a local approach, working with people and communities to co-design solutions that meet local needs.

Through our Community Network TCV connects groups with each other and provide access to a package of support including a dedicated website, insurance, discounts, funding information, access to grants and much more.

Creating thriving communities through natural impact.

TCV’s community programmes help people take an active role in the creation of local outdoor spaces that reflect their community’s unique needs.

Their 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 800 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 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

Joining is simple.

Download an application form

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:

  • Discounted 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, and equipment.
  • Funding Support – TCV can help groups find funding with information from Grantfinder or through the Chestnut Fund
  • Discounted access to our online conservation handbooks - the definitive guides to managing the countryside and green spaces
  • Support and guidance covering a range of topics - from Health and Safety to planting a wildflower meadow.
  • Optional free listing of your contact details and web address on The Conservation Volunteers website.
  • A website template and support to set up your own web site and promote your group.
  • 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.

All this information is available through an exclusive website created to provide our Community Network Members with the support they need in one, easy to access, place.

Visit our Community Network members' website

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 or contact TCV’s Community Network Administrator on 01302 388 834 or local-groups@tcv.org.uk.

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