Working Together

How you can help

There are many ways that you can get involved in helping to create, maintain or encourage others to use parks and green spaces.

Contact the team or see our interactive map to give it a go.


"Helping to put pride back into our communities brings out the feelgood factor in me. Without us volunteers some of our green spaces would disappear." - Barbara Belford, Oak Tree SAFE.

Volunteering in Greenwood couldn't be easier and there is a whole range of activities to take part in all year round. Whatever your interest, or time available, there are lots of practical ways you can get involved.

Becoming a volunteer is fun! You can get involved in the planning of events, writing articles, producing newsletters, or get out into the fresh air to take part in one of the many practical conservation tasks taking place every week. These can range from woodland conservation and hedge laying in winter to grassland and heathland management in summer – but be prepared for anything!

It might just be the new adventure you are looking for - it's free, keeps you fit into the bargain and it's a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

There are lots of groups right on your doorstep who are keen to welcome you and there's also free training available and a host of other benefits. You can contact any of the organisations below or Friends groups. So go on - have a go - you might just enjoy it!

Contact one of Greenwood's partnership organisations for further environmental volunteering opportunities.

Join a Friends Group

You can also join a Friends group in your area. Friends groups are made up of local people who are enthusiastic about their local green space or park. These individuals have organised themselves into a formal group to give them a say about their local area. Some groups hold walks, events and surveys as well as litter picking and practical tasks. Others might volunteer in the visitor centre, organise publicity, fundraise or simply keep a watchful eye on the park.

If there isn’t a Friends group near you – why not start one. Download our Greenwood Community Woodland Handbook which has some useful infomation even though some of the contact details may be out of date or you can get in touch with the team to find out more.

Be A Shadow Ranger

Shadow Rangers voluntary work placements are a great way of getting experience of working in the countryside for those wishing to start a career in countryside management. The Forestry Commission’s Sherwood Forest Community Rangers project provides each Shadow Ranger with a mentor from a number of host organisations. On the job training takes place, including practical site management, working with communities, planning and organising countryside events, guided walks and environmental education activities. For more information contact the Sherwood Forest Community Rangers on 01623 822447.

Become a Walk Leader

Walking for healthThis is a great way to take the first steps back into regular exercise. Whether you want to lose weight, increase your mobility, or just meet up with new friends for an easy paced stroll, health walks could be just right for you.

Walks start at around a mile in length, and you can choose some longer walks as your fitness improves. And the great thing is you get to walk at your own pace!

As you improve you might want to give walk leading a go – local walk groups are always looking for volunteer walk leaders. All leaders and walks are insured and free training is given. 

Friends of Greenwood Community Forum

The Greenwood Community Forest Team can support Friends groups in many ways. We have experience of setting up Friends groups and can help keep that initial enthusiasm going. Once set up, the team and other organisations offer ongoing support.

Click on our leaflet to see members of the Friends of Greenwood Community Forum in your area.

One way the team can help is through the Friends of Greenwood Community Forum. This is a network of Friends groups in the Greenwood area who meet up to four times a year.

The group's aims are:

  • To gather and disseminate information by sharing experience and best practice
  • Provide a Forum for discussion, acting as a sounding board
  • Provide a valuable pool of skills, knowledge and experience, both to support individual Friends groups and also for input into the Community Forest programme
  • Help support the development of new and existing groups through mentoring and advice

We meet at a different Friends group’s site each time, and the host group leads a walk after lunch. This is usually a great way to share knowledge and discuss similar experiences encountered in the development and management of sites.

Find the Friends of Greenwood on facebook

To find out more about the Forum contact the Greenwood Team on 0115 9932600.

Greenwood Community Awards

Each year the Greenwood Partnership says thank you to volunteers by organising a celebration event. This usually includes a barbecue followed by a presentation of achievements over the last 12 months.

Individuals recognised by their peers as making an outstanding contribution towards creating, or encouraging people to use the Greenwood Community Forest are presented with an award. Swancar Farm, Trowell, was the venue for the Greenwood Awards 2019.

Help Greenwood to Grow 

Plant a tree in your neighbourhood

Tree planting event

Whether you want to plant a tree for someone special, are a school or group or want to join friends and neighbours to plant just join in – it’s easy to do and the Greenwood team can help by letting you know where tree-planting events are being held. 

Want to plant on your own patch? 

We can help by offering advice and point you to free tree suppliers.
Please see our  "How to plant a tree" leaflet.

Trees For Learning
Trees for Learning is free to primary schools in the Greenwood Community Forest area - which includes the districts of Mansfield, Ashfield and Newark and Sherwood and the boroughs of Gedling and Broxtowe.
We want to help children to reconnect with nature by helping primary schools to plant trees in their school grounds or other public spaces. We also want to help teachers to use trees for curriculum-based activities. We can offer the following:
  • Free site visit
  • Free advice
  • Free trees
  • Free practical support 
  • Free education activity

Here are some of the comments we have received from schools who have been involved in the "Trees for Learning" project:

"Inspirational session, the children were engaged, excited and could recall information. The session linked to the NC and it was well lead and delivered. Ideas are going to be used in the teaching of our forest schools. A great session and we need more like this in schools, would recommend and be more than happy to participate in further events. Thank you”

"The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There was a great mix of activities that were delivered at a pace to keep the children engaged but also have enough time. I really liked some of the session’s ideas to take forwards in to forest school sessions I lead.”

"Every session was fabulous. Staff and pupils could not choose a favourite and were all fully engaged. The team’s enthusiasm was contagious and they passed on their knowledge to us in an engaging way. We loved it!

Click here to find out more
How can all this be free?
‘Trees for Learning’ is funded by Defra in partnership with England’s Community Forests.  It is part of a national initiative for schoolchildren to plant one million trees by 2020.
What next?
To arrange a site visit or to find out more, please contact Nic Wort, Greenwood Project Officer at or tel: 0115 993 2601  

Grow a Tree From Seed 

Every October there's a chance for you to get involved in gathering seeds for growing and replanting in Greenwood. There are many opportunities for schools to take part in seed gathering workshops. Seeds are sown in pots and eventually replanted back into Greenwood to make sure they are native to this part of the world (local provenance).

See the Tree Council website for seed gathering Sunday events every October.

Memorial Tree Schemes in Greenwood

Brierley Forest Park
Plant a tree to celebrate a special event or as a memorial for a loved one or just to help your forest grow. The Greenwood Family Tree Scheme is based at Brierley Forest Park. A tree is planted for you in the memorial copse and is recorded in a special book kept at the park.

Colliers Wood, Moorgreen
The Friends of Colliers Wood manage the waterloo copse at Colliers Wood, a community woodland at Moorgreen in Broxtowe. Trees can be planted in the copse for a nominal fee, which pays for a sapling to be planted and a dedication to be made in the memorial book held at Eastwood Library.

National Tree Week

Each year trees are celebrated during National Tree Week, which is usually held in the last week in November and ends with Tree Dressing Day on the first Sunday of December.

Look out for opportunities during National Tree Week and every autumn and winter to get out into the countryside and plant trees yourself. Contact the team for details or visit the Tree Council website for events in your area to celebrate National Tree Week.