Mudlarks volunteer group for the Peak District

Volunteer coming away from Longshaw pond with a wheelbarrow full of sedges
Getting stuck in with pond clearing at Longshaw National Trust

The Mudlarks group is a voluntary association of National Trust members and volunteers founded in 1990. It is a friendly, mixed team of about 30 people and the age range encompasses teenagers to septuagenarians who enjoy achieving conservation objectives, be it destructive or constructive, and the benefits of working together outdoors.

What do they do?

The activities involve carrying out practical conservation for us in North Derbyshire. The Mudlarks meet on one Sunday every month, alternately at the Longshaw and Dark Peak areas.
The group also take part in one-off work days in the White Peak area of the Peak District estate. Some of our members carry out additional work mid-week for one or two days in each month.

Why the name Mudlarks?

One of the earliest work days in 1990 was particularly wet and muddy. The group didn't have a name then, so someone suggested 'Mudlarks' and, like the mud, it stuck.