Start a local group

Thousands of people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland volunteer in local groups.

They’re helping to:

  • Connect more people with the environment.
  • Persuade politicians, businesses and others to see things differently.

They include teachers, nurses, lawyers, students, grandparents and more.

If you want to do more for the environment where you live, perhaps you could start a group. Here’s how:

Step 1

There might already be a group in your area which you can join. So first check out our local groups finder. If there’s no group where you live, our new group start-up guide is a handy introduction.

Step 2

Get in touch with the Community Activism Team in England or your Network Developer in Wales and Northern Ireland. The Community Activism Team and Network Developers are Friends of the Earth staff who work with existing groups and people who want to start groups. They'll help you get going.

Step 3

Have a look at our Get A Group Going guide which sets out how to take your first steps as a new group. Remember, the Community Activism Team will be there to help you through it all.

Step 4

Finally, you’ll need to do some paperwork – see Ready to Set Up a Group.

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Activism Team in England or your Network Developer in Wales and Northern Ireland.