Burton Conservation Volunteers won the Volunteer Team of the Year award in the 2018 Volunteer Star Awards for Staffordshire, a fitting accolade in our 25th anniversary year. Lawrence, Becky, Richard, Lynn and Wayne represented BCV at the awards ceremony at the Pirelli Stadium hosted by Andrew Griffiths MP, with awards being handed out in eleven categories to worthy volunteer organisations from across the county. The "Little Forest" outdoor teaching project in Outwoods, which some BCV members have been involved with, also featured, winning a number of awards.

Below are pictures of our Volunteer Team of the Year certificate and award, sponsored by the Uttoxeter Knights. (Mar 2018)


River Mease


BCV is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. Past and present volunteers celebrated with a get-together at the Burton Brewhouse in February, followed the next day with a planting of 25 fruit and nut trees at Branston Leas.

Here is a selection of pictures from the last 25 years illustrating the wide range of tasks that we have worked on. (Feb 2018)


In 2017 BCV organised a total 652 volunteer work days on 64 different task days. Details are in our Annual Report and Task List - links below. (Feb 2018)

Annual Report 2017 | Task List 2017


BCV organised two of the longer walks in the 2017 National Forest Walking Festival programme.

On the first Sunday of the festival our 10-mile Coton & the Mease Valley route took in five villages on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border: Coton-in-the-Elms, Edingdale, Harlaston, Haunton and Lullington. We had an excellent turnout of 22 people (including seven from BCV), encouraged by the glorious weather. All seemed to enjoy the walk, particularly the welcome pub stop at the Colvile Arms towards the end.

On the second Saturday, the weather had unfortunately taken a turn for the worse for our annual 12-mile Washlands to Walton Walk, with occasional heavy showers the order of the day. Twelve people did the walk, slightly down on previous years. The route has evolved over the years, now showcasing the new Branston Leas wildlife site - and the entire walk is now stile-free!

Lawrence was also involved in a few of the other festival walks on behalf of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the Tatenhill & Rangemore parish council.

The pictures below show the River Mease near Edingdale, and Lawrence showing off his favourite tree in the Burton Mail Woodland.

(May 2017)

River Mease

Burton Mail Woodland


Here are a couple of pictures from our work day at Barton Blount Hall, a country house estate in rural Derbyshire. As a follow-on from a project that we started the previous year, we did some garden restoration work and cleared a section of the watercourse, the aim being to create an outdoor area suitable for people with mental welfare problems. (April 2017)

Barton Blount

Barton Blount


In 2016 we carried out a total 563 volunteer work days - these included local work tasks in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, and weekend projects further afield in Herefordshire and Lancashire. Details are in our Annual Report and Task List - links below. (June 2017)

Annual Report 2016 | Task List 2016


Thirteen people took part in a 7-mile circular walk from Staunton Harold up to the church on top of the hill in Breedon, and then returning via the café (or the pub instead, in some cases) back to Staunton Harold. The walk was originally scheduled to be last year's New year walk but we were forced to postpone it then on more than one occasion due to flooding, snow, etc. No such problems this year - a dry and mild January day. (Jan 2017)

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Staunton Harold


We had a good turnout of 13 people for our annual working and camping weekend at the Broome Farm cider orchards in Herefordshire. On the Saturday we pollarded the overgrown willow trees alongside the lane below the farm, carefully saving the thin branches to use for creating willow sculptures on the Sunday.

The idea was to create willow fruit shapes in the form of apples and pears, but it didn't go quite to plan! Despite everyone's best efforts, including some assistance from Summer the farm dog, it soon became apparent that crack willow is not the most suitable willow type for forming the smaller circles needed, so in the end we had to settle for a kind of cider glass shape - if you stretch your imagination a bit!

The weather was fine for camping - not too cold, dry but cloudy on the Saturday and gloriously sunny on the Sunday.

Many thanks to Mike and his team for looking after us so well over the weekend - a great time was had by all. (Oct 2016)

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Broome Farm


Bob has set up a new BCV Facebook page - it is a group page which means it is now more user-friendly for BCV members to add their own messages and photos. However, you do need to have a Facebook account in order to be able to view the page. This new page replaces the original one which was a business page and did not seem to be an easy format to use. The link to the new page is:


Despite cutbacks in Government and council spending, 2015 was another busy and successful year for Burton Conservation Volunteers. Details are in our Annual Report and Task List - links below. (May 2016)

Annual Report 2015 | Task List 2015


Burton Conservation Volunteers enjoyed another busy and successful year in 2014, working with many different local and national organisations on old and new work projects, whilst also investing heavily in training. Details are in our Annual Report and Task List, presented at our recent AGM - links below.

Annual Report 2014 | Task List 2014

Thornton Reservoir

Gilwiskaw Brook, Ashby
. BCV has been working with the Canal & River Trust to improve this little-known brook on the edge of Ashby that forms part of the River Mease catchment. The brook runs along the edge of the Ashby Park business park. We had an initial midweek session there with four of our BCV members working alongside four volunteers from Siemens who have a facility there on the business park. We then followed this with a full Sunday task day with more clearance and improvement work, removing some of the overgrown trees and greenery to open up the brook and let in more light. (Mar 2015)


BCV's website was recognised at the 2015 East Staffordshire CVS Star Volunteer Awards, when Richard Sanville was presented with the IT Champion award for his work on the group website. Richard set up the BCV website exactly ten years ago this month and he has been maintaining it ever since. Over the years the website has been a tremendous publicity tool for the group leading to many enquiries each year, not only from prospective volunteers who are keen to lend a hand, but also local organisations, councils and landowners offering potential projects for the group to become involved in.

BCV were represented by six volunteers at the awards evening which was held at Ashfield House. (Mar 2015)

Thornton Reservoir

Thornton Reservoir


BCV members have been walking the newly-opened National Forest Way in sections from east to west over the last eight months or so when we have had the occasional free Sunday. The 75-mile trail runs across the length of the National Forest, starting at Beacon Hill. The route took us via Thornton Reservoir (pictured below) and Ashby (pictured right) to the National Memorial Arboretum. More pictures to follow. (Mar 2015)

Thornton Reservoir

Loudoun monument, Ashby

Thornton Reservoir

Branston Leas - planting native black poplar trees and bluebells for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust on their new woodland and wet grassland site alongside the River Trent just south of Branston (Mar 2015).
The site is on the route of our Washlands to Walton Walk which we do annually as part of the National Forest Walking Festival.

Thornton Reservoir

Ashby Canal at Shackerstone
A midweek hedgelaying course run by Burton Conservation Volunteers for the Canal & River Trust.
(Feb 2015 - photo by Stuart)

Thornton Reservoir

Hedgelaying at Darnford Park - a large public open space on the eastern outskirts of Lichfield (Feb 2015)

Thornton Reservoir

Hitching a lift on a farm trailer on the way to replacing an old hedgerow at a Hadley End farm
(Jan 2015 - photo by Tom)

Thornton Reservoir

Scrub clearance at Coton Park near Linton
(Jan 2015)

Thornton Reservoir

Planting a new hedge above the brook at Bank Walk, Horninglow, with the help of local people. We prepared the planting area using landscape fabric and compost made from the recycled green waste from our brown bins. The hedge is made up of evergreen shrubs that will enhance the biodiversity of the site, offering a good habitat to birds and small mammals. (Dec 2014)