British Trust of Conservation Volunteers (BTCV)

The Conservation Volunteers have been reclaiming green places since 1959.

Right now, when one third of the UK's green places are in danger of being lost or degraded, our work is more important than ever.

The everyday green places that people use are especially vulnerable.

10,000 playing fields were sold off between 1979 and 1997.

And only 10% of the UK's allotments remain.

Places like these do not have special protection.

They are all under threat at a time when local councils are cutting budgets.

But neglecting green places is a false economy.

It doesn't take long for a once-loved open space to become a magnet for anti-social behaviour, and a cost to society.

So looking after green places isn't just about caring for nature, it's about caring for people as well.

A well-used green place is a classroom, a gym, a playground and a sanctuary. It is a place that is good for people as well as for wildlife.

The Conservation Volunteers help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places.

Through our own environmental projects and through our network of 2,000 community groups, we see people – every day, and all across the UK – taking responsibility for their own local environments.

Green Gyms are fun and free outdoor sessions where you will be guided in practical activities such as planting trees, sowing meadows and establishing wildlife ponds.

Unlike other conservation projects, the emphasis is very much on health and fitness - volunteers warm up and cool down in preparation for a range of light to vigorous activities to suit all abilities.

Green Gyms also enhance mental wellbeing through increased contact with nature, the social benefits of group activity and helping people contribute something positive to their community.

TCV work closely with partners, including mental health charity Mind, to continually innovate Green Gyms to ensure that they maximise the benefits for participants.

Empowering local people to get involved in improving Parnwell's green space.

To regenerate the area and raise environmental awareness.

BTCV is a national charity.

Parnwell Pride Project is funded by Fair Share Lottery Fund and always looking for volunteers.

Who to contact

01733 563642 01733 563642
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Where to go

74, Whittington


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