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Through the work of TCV, communities 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 provides them with the practical expertise, resources and training they need to engage in sustained social action that makes a positive difference.

TCV draws 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 works with communities to help them 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 TCV’s local conservation projects, or with our network of community groups, to create and develop these spaces at the heart of communities.

Find a Community Group near you

In 2016-17 TCV...

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  • Transformed over 1,500 green spaces in UK communities
  • Delivered over 160,000 volunteer days to benefit the natural environment
  • Maintained almost 20km of footpaths – making green spaces accessible to communities across the UK
  • Supported 850 TCV Community Network Members

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

TCV's Community Network Membership

TCV's Community Network supports hundreds of groups across the UK who are passionate about protecting their local environment or who wish to create new green spaces to reflect their community’s unique needs.

Whether you’re experts or just thinking about getting involved in environmental activities we can give you a helping hand to turn your vision into reality. From developing a new food growing plot to creating an outdoor classroom or designing a haven for wildlife, we are here to support you.

Membership of TCV’s Community Network is open to all groups who want to work for a better local environment, whether your group is newly formed or well established.

Join them now for just £38 per year to access discounts from TCV's suppliers of tools, trees, seeds and equipment, funding information, support and guidance, grant information, discounted insurance and much, much more. All through one dedicated Members website!

John at Over Hulton Community Garden

Our community group has been in existence for some ten years but it is only over the last three that it has really begun to thrive. Now things are growing so fast it is difficult to catch our breath sometimes. Having the support of TCV is just invaluable – the discounts, the advice, the help with the insurance – where would we be without all that?

John Bullen, Chair, Over Hulton Community Group

Local People Programme

TCV has teamed up with the People’s Health Trust to deliver an exciting new scheme called the Local People Programme which is focused on supporting people to address the issues in their communities and neighbourhoods through collective action.

This programme allows TCV to work closely with local people in six places across England and Scotland, supporting them to both identify challenges in their community and develop ideas to address them.

Find out more about the Local People Programme

Community Rewilding

Children playing in woodlandTCV’s Community Rewilding project in Glasgow improves urban green spaces for wildlife and people, and encourages residents to engage with and learn about their local natural heritage.

We deliver practical volunteering days which give local people the opportunity to improve their patch by carrying out tasks such as tree planting, wildflower meadow creation and invasive plant removal.

As well as giving people the chance to physically improve their green spaces, we have been running a programme of public events and sessions which encourage people to get outdoors and make use of their community green spaces.

Find out more about Community Rewilding

Growing Communities in Adur and Worthing

A workshop in WorthingTCV’s Growing Communities is a major new environmental scheme enabling communities in West Sussex to improve their health and wellbeing.

This ground-breaking initiative encourages local residents in disadvantaged areas to get involved in projects such as Green Gyms, sporting activities or food growing programmes on disused or redundant patches of land. Growing Communities is backed and part-funded by Adur and Worthing Councils and is funded by the Big Lottery.

Growing Communities is a project that will enable residents to suggest the sorts of schemes they want and work with TCV to make them happen.

Find out more about Growing Communities

A meadow at Stave Hill Ecological Park

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 TCV.

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 388 828 or