Corporate volunteers

project: Whistlewood Common
  • Whistlewood Common, The Common, Melbourne, Derbyshire
  • DE73 8DH
  • 5 - 60
See more volunteer opportunities from: Derbyshire

About the opportunity

Carbon Reduction, Community Business, Education, Food, Funding, Gardening, Health & Wellbeing, Parks & Open Spaces, Transition Towns, Waste & Resources, Wildlife & Conservation

There are many different activities, but they centre around developing the infrastructure, woodland, gardens and educational facilities. We can bespoke a volunteering day or days to your needs.


Volunteers will need strong shoes, and dress for the weather.

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. 


Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Sun 03 Jun 2018
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Volunteering impact


There are 7 billion beneficiaries! Every one of us benefits when communities come together to create spaces to share ways of living more sustainably, whilst having fun.