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Cromford Mill
Volunteering at Cromford

This is a very exciting time at Cromford Mills with the opening of the new Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Gateway this year. This means there are lots of new volunteer activities to get involved with.

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Countryside Service
Countryside Service Volunteers

The Countryside Service welcomes volunteers to help them care for the countryside and the historic built environment. If you are interested in conservation or heritage, or have skills which you can share, then contact DCC's Countryside Service to find out more.

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Derby Parks and Nature Reserves

There are many opportunities to volunteer on Derby’s Parks and Nature Reserves. Whether you enjoy practical conservation, wildlife surveying, organising a group and/or applying for funds you could join one of the 19 ‘Friends of’ groups based around the city.

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Derwent Valley Line Station Volunteers

Volunteers can take great pride in their local station by caring for station gardens, platform planters and flower baskets to create a welcoming environment for residents and visitors.

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Birdswood, the Cromford Canal heritage narrowboat
Birdswood Volunteers

Would you like to be part of the crew on Birdswood? Then this is your chance as that is one of the many different roles Friends of Cromford Canal are looking for new volunteers to fill.

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Balsam Bashers Needed!

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Heritage Conservation Team

The DerwentWISE Scheme are looking to establish a team of volunteers with a particular interest in the built heritage of the scheme area. The group will be involved in historic buildings surveying, archaeological digs, drystone wall survey and repair and other activities linked to the build heritage of this historic region.

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Wildlife locations
Species Surveying and Environmental Education

Many of the DerwentWISE learning projects are aimed at schools and young people, with the aim of reconnecting children with their natural environment. These opportunities are aimed at schools and also people who would like a career in environmental education, or teachers looking to expand their teaching repertoire.

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Landscape Conservation Team

Every Wednesday and Friday, the DerwentWISE scheme carries out practical work to improve the biodiversity of local wildlife sites throughout the lower Derwent Valley. This work includes a variety of practical conservation tasks including hedge laying, scrub clearing, tree planting and meadow creation. So if you have an interest in helping improve wildlife on your local patch join our small friendly team of passionate volunteers.

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North Mill, Belper, built with iron frame as developed by Charles Woolley Bage
Strutt's North Mill - Belper volunteers

Strutt's North Mill Museum and Visitor Centre are looking for new volunteers who are able to commit to an average of two afternoons per month.

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Building 18 (Arkwright’s first mill) at Cromford
Wanted at Cromford - Costumed tour guides

What was it like to work in a cotton mill in the 18th century? How did Sir Richard Arkwright build his empire? If you have an interest in history and enjoy drama then this is the role for you. We are creating new tours around Cromford Mills and need volunteers to share these stories and bring the mills to life.

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