Digging for NDWG

Come and join the Notts Derby Walking Group (NDWG) to support conservation work that we carry out in support of a number of conservation organisations; these include:

  • Peak Park Conservation Volunteers
  • The National Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust


The type of conservation projects that you will be involved in are of a practical nature and are seasonally dependant. A member of staff from the ranger service leads the projects and will guide you through all aspects of the day. This will include use of tools, site safety and teach you any new skills required to enable you to complete your project and to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience. We carry out a wide variety of projects, for example:

  • Footpath construction and repair
  • Stile, step and footbridge building
  • Fencing, walling, hedge laying and tree planting
  • Nature reserve management and habitat protection
  • Erosion control, drainage and pond clearance

Residential weekends are in the Peak District and the accommodation is either at Brunt’s Barn and March Farm (addresses below);

Brunt’s Barn Volunteers’ Centre
Upper Padley
S32 2JA

Marsh Farm Volunteers’ Centre
ST13 8SH

Both centres have two dormitories. Facilities include hot and cold water, toilets, showers and a fully-equipped kitchen with pots, pans, cutlery, microwave, cooker and fridge. Volunteers only need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towel, suitable clothing and personal equipment. There is a small charge of £5 per person for the accommodation.

There are 2 formats for conservation activities with NDWG:

1. Residential weekend in the Peak District:

  • Friday night – Arrive at accommodation
  • Saturday day – Complete conservation work
  • Saturday evening – Group meal in local pub (reward for all your hard work!)
  • Sunday day – A walk is scheduled local to the volunteer centre that you are staying

2. Local conservation work in Nottingham/ Derby area:

  • Saturday – Complete a conservation project close to Nottingham/ Derby
  • Saturday Night – Group meal in Nottingham or Derby (again a reward for all your hard work!)

All conservation activities are listed in the Walks Programme so please refer to this to find out specific dates and activities that are coming up.

To join one of our conservation weekends you must be a member of the Ramblers. Bookings open at one of our regular pub meets, so to add your name to a specific conservation weekend you need to look out for the opening date and attend the pub meet on that day to book it. If you can’t attend the pub meet then simply contact the Conservation officer (contact details below) to have your name added to the list.

  • Sat
    Skylarks, Holme Pierrepoint Watersports Centre, Nottingham

    Skylarks, Nottingham

    Price: Free (breakfast not included)

    Places: 15

    Opens: Email leader

    Leader: Rachel Partington

    Skylarks is one of Nottingham's newest nature reserves where the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are doing some major restoration and conservation work. Skylarks is the biggest nature reserve in Rushcliffe and sits alongside Holme Pierrepoint Watersports Centre acting as a fantastic corridor for wildlife.

    There’ll be a group meal in the evening at Oaks, Nottingham as a reward for all your hard work!

    There is no cost associated with this day (apart from the meal) and all equipment will be provided plus full guidance on how to use it. It would be great if people who haven’t previously come on a Conservation Weekend took this as an opportunity to see what it is all about; and of course it would be great if all the conservation regulars could attend too!

    If you'd like to join the team you can send Rachel Partington a message

    I will need to have numbers confirmed by end of August so please let me know before then.




If you require any additional information please contact the Conservation Officer on

October AGM

The AGM is nearly upon us (12th Oct, 8pm, Canal House) where a new committee will be elected and this is your chance to contribute to the continued success of NDWG. Have some ideas you’d like to see implemented? Come along and get yourself elected!
In addition:

  • Llangollen New Year opens
  • Hartington Christmas meal opens
  • Raffle for a free place at Hartington Christmas meal, runners up £50 and £25 Cotswold Outdoor vouchers