Bolton Conservation Volunteers

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About Us
The Bolton Conservation Volunteers (BCV) are one of the region's best known conservation groups. Established over 40 years ago, it contains members of all ages who are interested in the care and maintenance of the local environment.

With BCV you can take part in woodland management, creating and looking after ponds, planting trees and hedgerows, rebuilding dry stone walls, hedge laying and much more!
Along with learning new skills you will get the chance to enjoy interesting places in your local countryside with like minded people.

The Work we do
BCV work on sites across Bolton and beyond including:
Doffcocker Lodge, Rumworth Lodge, Entwistle Reservoir, Ousel's Nest, Moss Bank Park, Moses Gate Country Park, Kearsley Moss, Firwood Fold, Eatock Lodge and many more.

In addition to these interesting sites work is also carried out at local schools helping with the construction and maintenance of environmental areas and wildlife gardens.

New Volunteers
If you are interested why not give it a try? You will find a warm welcome, make some new friends with similar interests and help make the world a better place.

The group meet outside The Sweet Green Tavern, 127 Crook Street, across from Sainsburys in the town centre on alternate Sundays at 10.00 a.m. The tasks are varied and detailed on our website

Please wear old clothes, strong shoes, work boots or wellies and waterproofs may come in handy! Hot drinks are provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Contact Details

Rick Parker

07908 084709


by Bolton Conservation Volunteers | Sunday 18 April 2021 | 0 Comments
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After months of nothing but Zoom meetings and virtual conservation we've unboxed our voluntreers and put them back in the real world: wellies, mud, dirt, and aching limbs, happy days are here again. Our first post-lockdown task of 2021 is in the same place as the last task before the first lockdown of 2020, Firwood Fold. We're still limiting our numbers on task and keeping everything clean and safe, but in the coming months we may be able get a bit bigger if all goes well.

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by Bolton Conservation Volunteers | Monday 21 September 2020 | 0 Comments
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Many thanks to Bolton Green Umbrella for donating money to us from the High Street Clean Up Fund. Prior to lockdown in March, the money was used in several ways, firstly it was used to renovate a stretch of dry stone wall at Firwood Fold, this also included training from a walling expert. This helped BCV's volunteers to improve their dry stone walling skills to use on future projects. The money was also used to buy new tools to replace tools that were worn or broken. Finally the remainder was us More.....

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by Bolton Conservation Volunteers | Monday 23 March 2020 | 0 Comments
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The shiny happy people at Bolton Conservation Volunteers are having to take steps to protect its members. BCV's members aren't just volunteers, they are family. For most of our family BCV's task days are an important of their lives, providing a chance to restore our natural landscape, help wildlife, and to meet up and socialise.

Covid-19 has changed all of that.

We are having to take the sad decision to disband for the duration of the pandemic. How long this will be we don' More.....

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by Bolton Conservation Volunteers | Saturday 29 February 2020 | 0 Comments
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This year's Annual Dr John Leather Memorial Hedgelaying Competition was held on 23rd February and saw us return to Blackleach Country Park, the last time we were here was in 2013. The competition is held in memory or Dr. John Leather, a retired Bolton GP and enthusiastic hedgelayer. Before Dr. John passed away in 2003 he was BCV's hedge Jedi master, he taught us the ways of the pleach and how to be at one with the hedge. 
The competition is intended to help pass on these skills to n More.....

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by Bolton Conservation Volunteers | Monday 26 August 2019 | 0 Comments
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Last year Bolton Conservation Volunteers (BCV) organised Wildfest, a celebration of nature, wildlife and the work BCV has done over the years. Assisted by the Darcy Lever Gravel Pits Action Group (GPAG) the day was a ridiculous success and even had coverage in the Bolton News. Sitting in The Sweet Green Tavern after the day was done we decided that we would do it again... and next time it would be even bigger.

Planning started almost immediately with ideas on how to improve things and More.....

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by Bolton Conservation Volunteers | Friday 23 August 2019 | 0 Comments
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It was a damp and drizzly start to our day at Firwood Fold but this didn't deter our wonderful volunteers who turned out in force as usual. 
We are continuing our work to improve the drainage and paths around the Lodge by adding hard sand and grit to the paths this was then tamped down to level it all out. Drainage channels were also dug out and soil redistributed to improve the levels on the path. Behind the lodge several volunteers dug out a small test area to see whether it is More.....

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by Bolton Conservation Volunteers | Monday 01 July 2019 | 0 Comments
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Firwood Fold rang to the sound of rock hammers and weed whackers as Bolton Conservation Volunteers returned to work their magic. Due to a change of circumstances BCV decided to do their planned dry stone walling training at Firwood Fold instead of Entwistle Reservoir. Rock legend, Ben Barratt, gave our volunteers a masterclass in how to dismantle and rebuild a dry stone wall like the experts do. Meanwhile another team took to the woods to slice and dice the Himalayan balsam that blights so much More.....

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by Bolton Conservation Volunteers | Tuesday 09 April 2019 | 0 Comments
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BCV and The Friends Firwood Fold joined forces again to complete the footpath work around The Bunk. Last year we cut back scrub, planted new hedges and opened up the footpaths to allow more light and better access but we only got to as far as the top end of the pond. This time round on this part of the Kingfisher Trail we built drainage channels at problem areas, and cut back branches and dead wood right the way around this hidden gem of a site. Many thanks to Barb and Trevor and The Friends of More.....

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by Bolton Conservation Volunteers | Sunday 10 March 2019 | 0 Comments
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Many thanks to Barb and Green Umbrella for the generous donation that was used to buy these spades, they rock. Their first outing was at the BCV Garden at Moses Gate Country Park where we laid hedges, managed overgrown vegetation in a pond, extended a dead hedge and re-planted snowdrops. We have been managing this site since 2016 and last year it was the location for our first ever Wildfest , an event we hope to repeat in 2019. Today's volunteers included Duke of Edinburgh Award students, More.....

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