Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, practise existing skills, gain new ones, and to have a positive impact on the characteristics of the Derwent Valley. We are looking for people who want to get involved in the natural environment, heritage, conservation, restoration, arts and crafts, events and many more opportunities.
The Derwent Valley is special: it is where the gentle landscape of the lowlands of England meets the rugged uplands of the Peak District. The area snakes 15 miles down the river valley from Matlock Bath to Derby it is home to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site as well as ancient woodlands and beautiful meadows. This outstanding diversity of landscape, heritage, geology and wildlife needs our support and is why our volunteers are so important to us.
If you can spare a couple of hours a month or a couple of days a week then we have a volunteering opportunity for you!
We have a range of projects suitable for a variety of skills and interests:
- Conserving and enhancing our meadows and ancient woodlands
- Restoring and managing historical buildings and landscapes
- Surveying historical sites and archaeological digs
- Learning about the heritage, ecology and geology of the area
- Training in traditional landscape management techniques such as hedge laying and dry stone walling
- Teaching local history or knowledge
- Leading or stewarding guided tours and walks
Whether you have a love for the outdoors or heritage of the area, a student who wants some hands on experience, retired or on a career break, or simply want to learn something new, we would love to hear from you.
How to become a Volunteer?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the Derwent Valley, then you are always welcome to contact Dave our volunteer co-ordinator for an informal chat:
Dave Savage – Volunteer Coordinator
T: 01773 881188 / 07972 223219
Alternatively, you can register your interest and Dave will get back to you.