Conservation & Trailblazer Groups


The Conservation and Trailblazer groups undertake valuable conservation and footpath repair work each week of the year. Tasks include tree planting, hedge-laying, scrub clearance, allotment work, invasive weed control, litter picks and much more! We work with organisations such as Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Harrogate Borough Council and the National Trust.

We work from 10am until around 5pm on Tuesdays (Trailblazers) and Fridays (Conservation Group). Both groups meet at Community House, and we drop people home afterwards.

The jobs may be dirty, but are suitable for most capabilities. Tools, training and transport are provided.

The conservation group on a summer's day with hills and trees in the background.

Sample Conservation Work Programme

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Three people holding loppers and bowsaws in a snowy woodland.
The group doing path work, standing next to wheelbarrows with shovels.
A man and a woman in wellies holding a tape measure next to a nature trail sign post

Installing a nature trail at Ben Rhydding Nature Reserve

I’ve been coming out with Open Country for over 9 years and I love being part of a team that helps nature to flourish. I get to visit different places around the district and I love the variety of jobs we get to do. My favourites are tree planting, raking long grass and cutting back. It is really satisfying to get to the end of the day and see the difference we have made.


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Community House, 46 East Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LT


01423 507227

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