project: Whistlewood Common
  • Whistlewood Common, The Common, Melbourne, Derbyshire
  • DE73 8DH
  • 1 - 60
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About the opportunity

Community Business, Conservation, Education, Food, Funding, Gardening, Health & Wellbeing, Parks & Open Spaces, Transition Towns, Volunteering, Wildlife & Conservation, Young People

Volunteering sessions are every alternate Saturdays 1-4pm (check Facebook or contact us for more information). We have a ten acre site and volunteers do everything from planting and maintaining trees, growing things, building infrastructure. All sorts really. And we sit round the campfire at the end and drink tea. We are a very sociable and welcoming group. Families are very welcome. Also opportunities for unaccompanied young people (13+) and for Duke of Edinburgh or other volunteering. There are also opportunities helping with workshops (free places available for regular volunteers). We also need volunteers for events on-site (like our music festival) and off-site like coming to local festivals. If you have a specialist trade or skill, or are handy with DIY please get in touch, as this would be particularly useful (even not as a regular commitment). Also a person with a van to collect any donated items. Back room stuff includes project management, marketing and publicity and much more. Corporate volunteers welcome. We can bespoke a volunteering day for your staff.


Please wear strong shoes or wellies and dress for the weather. We can provide gloves.

About the project

Whistlewood Common is a project to create a new type of edible and productive community woodland.  In just over 12 months volunteers have planted thousands of trees, orchards, forest gardens, coppice, craft materials, perennials and other useful community resources.  We aim to demonstrate that community woodlands can be highly productive spaces.  We also run courses in sustainability and hold green events.  Anyone can hire the space, including yurt, for an outdoor camping or party experience.  The site is a ten acre greenfield site in the National Forest in South Derbyshire (formerly common land until 1791).  The plans have so impressed the National Forest Company that they backed the land purchase with an offer of over £50,000.  The project is truly community-owned (via community shares) and entirely volunteer run. 


Sat 17 Mar 2018 to Sat 12 May 2018
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Volunteering impact


There are 7 billion beneficiaries from this project! Basically all our futures depend on projects like this, all over the world, where people come together to find ways to live better, more sustainably, together.