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PPCV Individuals

Peak Park Conservation Volunteers

PPCV provides a unique opportunity for individuals to join in and help protect the environment through practical conservation projects. Anyone can join the PPCV Individual programme (although we do ask if you’re under 18 that a parent or guardian accompanies you). We run projects throughout the year. There is no minimum volunteer commitment: if you’re busy, it’s too far away, or you just don’t fancy the project that month then don’t worry, there is always next month.

It’s easy and free to get involved.

Apply to join PPCV Individuals

A typical PPCV volunteer day

  • 10am - Meet the PPCV leader(s) at the designated volunteer location. PPCV leader(s) gives you a warm welcome, explains the project for the day, distributes work gloves and appropriate tools for the activity, and explains how to use them and have a safe and enjoyable day.
  • 10.30am to 12.30pm - Carry out the volunteer activity alongside your PPCV Leader(s), with a break to enjoy your own drinks and snacks that you have.
  • 12.30pm to 1.30pm - Lunch (not provided). Note many groups may prefer a shorter lunch, especially if weather is poor.
  • 1.30pm to 3.30pm - Continue the activity, with more breaks as required.
  • 3pm to 4pm - Return to the initial meeting point for departure. Finish time may vary within this depending on the group, activity and time of year. The latest finish is 4pm in summer or 3.30pm in winter.

Please note this is a rough guide, and we may adjust timings and activities to suite the weather conditions and groups we are working with on the day.

Typical volunteer activities by season


September to November - scrub clearance, pond restoration, drystone walling.


December to March - tree planting, hedge planting, scrub clearance.

Spring and Summer

April to August - Footpath and bridleway maintenance, installing gates, digging ditches, trimming pathways, fencing, invasive species control.

What we provide

  • Appropriate volunteer activity, with details sent out approximately 3-4 weeks before the day.
  • A PPCV Leader to ensure your day is safe, enjoyable and meaningful. All our leaders have extensive in-house training, 2-day first aid and DBS checked (where required).
  • All personal protective equipment (including work gloves), tools and equipment required for the volunteer activity.
  • All risk assessments, tool talks and instruction required.

What you provide

  • Your own packed lunch, any snacks and drinks required.
  • Your own work clothes and footwear, suitable for working outside in all weathers. Bear in mind some tasks / times of year may mean clothes will get wet, muddy or scuffed up. See our What to Wear guide for more information.
  • Transport to the volunteer site or mutually agreed location (e.g. a train station) by arrangement with PPCV staff.

See what we are up to this week

Twitter: @PeakPark_PPCV
Facebook: /ppcvfacebook
Instagram: @ppcv_pdnp

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