Community Grant Scheme

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We have many volunteering opportunities available now, and coming up soon, to work on a range of varied projects and make a difference to an area steeped in natural and industrial heritage. All our projects aim to preserve, protect and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the Saltscape and care for this unique environment.

You could get your hands dirty helping to look after your local environment or help hold arts and craft activities for young people at a range of exciting events or even carry out valuable research into local heritage.

We also have an exciting programme of free training courses, ranging from traditional crafts and skills to wildlife surveying & monitoring, so why not come along and develop your skills and interests? Take a look at the events page for a list of free training courses.

No particular skills or experience are necessary as we will provide all the training and equipment you need to take part. Whether you would like to spend one day a week or one day a year, there’s something for everyone. Click on the links below to find out more.


A range of practical volunteer days coming up throughout the rest of the year at Marbury Park, Thorn Wood, Owley Wood, and Hazel Pear Wood.  Email  or phone Groundwork on 01606 723 160 and ask to speak to a member of the Saltscape team .

Practical Work

There are a range of opportunities to volunteer on sites across the Saltscape, some of these are with ‘friends of’ groups or are led by our partner organisations. Get in touch and tell us the locations you are interested in and we will link you up to the relevant groups.


Events and Festivals

We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic local volunteers to assist the our team to deliver a variety of heritage and conservation events in Frodsham, Northwich, Winsford and Middlewich. If you enjoy engaging with people want to share your passion for the salt landscape with others this is the opportunity for you! The team attend events throughout the year to promote the work of the Saltscape partnership and inspire the public through hands-on learning activities such as guided walks and themed arts and crafts.

Canal Heritage and Conservation

Volunteer as part of a friendly team concentrating on improving access and heritage features on the Trent and Mersey Canal between Northwich and Middlewich. Projects include: lock painting, milepost restoration, towpath re-surfacing (particularly on the stretch between Anderton and Marston), habitat improvement and planting.

Wildlife Surveys

We are looking for volunteers to help survey and record wildlife in the mid-Cheshire area, particularly around Northwich, Winsford and Middlewich. If you are new to wildlife recording you can learn the skills by taking part in one of our wildlife ID training courses. If you are part of a group that is currently recording wildlife in the Weaver Valley area we provide courses on how and where to submit your records online so that they can be used to build a better picture of biodiversity in our distinctive salt landscape.


Want to know more? contact our team

T: 01606 723160