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Whether you’re a green guru, an eager novice or just fancy helping out occasionally at some tree planting or orchard creation – City of Trees want to hear from you!

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Volunteering to help protect and enhance Greater Manchester’s natural environment

Within the Greater Manchester there are many volunteering opportunities among our partner organisations so please visit these links to see how you can protect and enhance Greater Manchester’s special nature and amazing places.

Sow the City wants to build a healthier city where everyone can grow their own food. Somewhere that is full for beans. They co-ordinate a network of community food growing and gardening projects that are looking for volunteers.

There are lots of volunteer opportunities in Greater Manchester. Find out more at and check our volunteer vacancies in your area.

The creation of RHS Garden Bridgewater will be the largest gardening project in Europe. The Society’s first new garden in 17 years, it will deliver benefits to the local community as it grows into a world-class garden.

The Conservation Volunteers specialise in taking volunteers into the greenspaces of Greater Manchester and Merseyside to do practical conservation activities. They have been active in the area for over 20 years.

Groundwork’s volunteering programmes involve a vast range of opportunities. Together with their many partners, they maintain environmental spaces, work with community groups to improve local areas, and support people with building new skills. They also have other volunteering positions from supporting programme leaders to deliver programmes, to helping out within an office-based location.

Whether you’re a green guru, an eager novice or just fancy helping out occasionally at some tree planting or orchard creation – City of Trees want to hear from you! Whether you give 1 day, 1 hour or 1 week, by becoming a Citizen Forester, you’re spreading the word about the City of Trees movement and helping to achieve their vision of planting a tree for every man, woman and child across Greater Manchester.

Throughout Wigan, Salford and Warrington there are a huge variety of different volunteering opportunities involving all aspects of the Carbon Landscape project.  These include practical habitat & site management, biological recording, Inspiring & supporting local communities, assisting innovative educational sessions and helping deliver fun and inspirational events.

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From lending a hand in the garden, to caring for our precious collections, there’s plenty of different ways to get involved with the National Trust including family volunteering and internships.

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The RSPB have more than 12,000 fantastic volunteers and between them, they contribute almost one million hours each year. Their volunteering roles can be tailored to your skills, interests and circumstances.

GMCVO provide links to Volunteer Centres and other organisations that are a good place to start looking for volunteering opportunities in your local area. They can find out what you’re interested in doing, and try to match you with a suitable volunteering role with a local charity or voluntary organisation. If you are an organisation that works or would like to work with volunteers they will also be able to provide you with information, support and good practice advice. Student volunteering services at universities in Greater Manchester are also included on the list.

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The University of Manchester deliver specific opportunities linked to Environment and Development and related areas. You may also want to think about specific skills you want to develop as these experiences can come from volunteering which may not be directly related to your study area but still create the opportunity to develop these

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The Forestry Commission have a wide range of opportunities across England you can get stuck into such as practical conservation, maintenance of walking and mountain bike trails and vegetation management. If that’s not for you, how about helping out at a visitor centre, meeting and greeting visitors, helping to lead events, doing wildlife surveys or answering enquiries in the office?

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The Lancashire Wildlife Trust have over 800 regular volunteers, who get involved at every level of the Trust’s work. They rely on the help of volunteers, who enable the Trust to carry out work we simply wouldn’t be able to do without them. Volunteering is also a great way to build your CV and gain new skills.

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