Volunteering organisations

Dartmoor Volunteer Network Groups

Chagford Conservation Group

A group completing conservation projects which benefit the Chagford community. They meet twice a month for full or half day projects. To find out more phone 01647 433070 or email Deacs48@gmail.com


Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

The Trust needs volunteers for a range of roles including conservation and working with ponies. Find out more about volunteering and the work of the Trust at www.dpht.co.uk, email admin@dpht.co.uk, or phone 01626 833234.


Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group

Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group welcomes anyone joining us to: Explore the mines of Dartmoor and surrounding area on our organised walks. Attend talks and social events.  Enjoy walks and outings to other mining and industrial areas in the South West.  Receive a twice yearly newsletter, with articles, reports and group notices.  Conserve and promote some of the precious tinworking sites on Dartmoor. Undertake field surveys of tinworking remains of all ages.  Carry out documentary research about tinworking on Dartmoor.  Join us in keeping the Brimpts Tin mine Trail fresh and leading interested groups around the site.  Sell DTRG publications, and man the DTGR stand at shows and events.  Please see our website - www.dtrg.org.uk  for contact details. Anne Whitbourn - 01752 696257    


Devon Wildlife Trust

Established over fifty years ago by a small group of volunteers, Devon Wildlife Trust exists to protect all wildlife in Devon and to safeguard Devon’s unique natural environment. We now have 50 Nature Reserves of which 16 are in or within a few miles of the National Park. It takes a good deal of effort to keep these reserves up to the mark as places rich in wildlife and welcoming to people. The task of managing more than 1,900 hectares of Devon falls to DWT’s team of Nature Reserves Officers, helped by many volunteers.

The South Devon and Dartmoor volunteer work party meets on a Wednesday throughout the year to do practical conservation work on several reserves. There are also adhoc opportunities on other reserves and other tasks. For more information about volunteering with Devon Wildlife Trust, go to: www.devonwildlifetrust.org/volunteer or email volunteering@devonwildlifetrust.org or telephone 01392 279244 and ask for Hannah Andrews.


Moor Trees

A charity dedicated to recreating native woodland across Dartmoor and South Devon. Volunteers collect seeds, care for seedlings in the nurseries and plant trees out. Find out more at www.moortrees.org


Okement Rivers Improvement Group, Okehampton, ORIG

The aim of the group is to protect and enhance the East & West Okement Rivers which flow through the town for the benefit of the community. When necessary, major work is carried out alongside the rivers as well as cutting back shrubbery and collecting litter from and alongside the river banks.

The group meet for 2 hrs on the last Saturday of the month.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/Okement-Rivers-Improvement-Group-ORIG or call 01837 53114.Text 07977 595768.


Smatter, Dunsford

We are a voluntary litter picking and community tidying group covering Dunsford and Steps Bridge. For more information please contact Guy Arnold: guy@thearnolds.biz


South West Lakes Trust 

We have lots of different volunteering projects to get involved in to suit your interests and time availability. These include site maintenance, practical conservation and archaeological preservation projects, bat surveys, assisting with educational visits and family events, or as a visitor guide in the Burrator Discovery Centre, plus much more. Please contact Emily for more information via heritage@swlakestrust.org.uk or ring 01822 855700.


Sticklepath and Okehampton Conservation Group

(StOC) has helped to maintain and improve the environment in north Dartmoor since 1991, Visit www.stocgroup.org and www.facebook.com/stocgroup or email admin@stocgroup.org


The Dartmoor Preservation Association

An independent charity that helps to look after Dartmoor. The DPA maintains a strong interest in archaeology and the ecology of the moor with our members and others actively helping to preserve artefacts and to improve habitats. You do not need to be a member of the DPA to take part in our conservation activities. www.dartmoorpreservation.co.uk.


The North Bovey Conservation Group

exists to improve and maintain the environment in the North Bovey area by the conduct of conservation and development work of benefit to the community. Details of some activities are posted on the North Bovey website www.northbovey.org/category/conservation-group

Contacts: Hazel Jones hazelajones@gmail.com, John Clark jcc240@gmail.com