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Support your local environment


We have a number of volunteering opportunities available that you can sign up to and support your local environment.

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and help tidy up the area you live in. Whether you're interested in litter picking, planting in a community garden or making a difference to our parks and countryside, we have a range of volunteering opportunities available.

Composter volunteer scheme

Are you crazy about compost? You can join our team of enthusiastic composting volunteers, called master composters, and promote the benefits of home composting as a way of reducing waste and helping the environment. You'd help us to give advice and tips on getting the most out of composting and even give demonstrations at local events and schools.

Parks and countryside

Volunteering with parks and countryside is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, get fit and have fun! If you are passionate about nature, wildlife and the great outdoors why not join one of our opportunities. There is something for everyone! As part of our volunteering team you can:

  • support the Countryside Rangers with their practical conservation tasks and access works, including habitat management, fencing, path works, litter picking and more
  • check sites and footpaths
  • become a guided walks leader or steward
  • complete wildlife surveys 

For further information on countryside volunteering see our Culture and sport volunteering portal.

Countryside volunteering

If you want to help us look after the countryside, there are many opportunities for you to get involved in. These include: 

  • practical work repairing paths, mending fences and clearing vegetation
  • helping with guided walks and events
  • checking countryside sites and footpaths
  • reporting any problems
  • help at Hardwick Park (visitor centre, education sessions, birthday parties)
  • help with fundraising and office work
  • corporate and community volunteering
  • informal opportunities such as litter picking or 'balsam bashing' while out walking

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, make new friends and get fit. Everyone is welcome and no prior experience is necessary.

Durham Countryside Volunteers on Facebook - get the latest news and photos about our work with volunteers and wildlife sightings. We'll share links we think you might like and you can share your pictures and experiences of Durham's countryside with us.

Civic pride

Take pride in your community and help make our neighbourhoods a cleaner, greener place to live by getting involved with our Civic Pride team.

The team can connect you with like-minded people and help you or your community group organise an event.  They can loan you equipment, offer funding advice and promote your event through different networks.

Examples include: tidying up an outdoor open space, painting the fence at a local park, litter picking a cycleway, or installing some planters outside a community building.