Muck in at Longshaw

Volunteers collecting tree seeds

Muck-In Days are a great way to get involved at Longshaw and the Eastern Moors. Rangers, staff, volunteers and families join up to tackle important conservation tasks, while connecting and sharing knowledge.

Muck-In Days are 10am-12.30pm every second Sunday of the month. They're free and there's no need to book - just bring yourself and some suitable clothing and footwear.

From repairing walls to seed collection and planting,  give young people, families and individuals the chance to – well, muck in! The Junior Rangers programme at Longshaw and the Eastern Moors also allows teenagers to collect stamps on their passport, working toward a full passport and the title of Junior Ranger (and a very stylish t-shirt to boot).

On a blustery morning in December, a group of volunteers, aged between 6 and 68, arrived outside the tea-room at Longshaw to start their day of woodland work.  After a short walk our task became apparent.  

child clambering on logs
There has been a large amount of felling at Longshaw this autumn, to restore the wood pasture and improve the habitat for insects and birds.  The felling work has left loads of debris – brash – behind which needs clearing by spring so that new plants can emerge.  

It wasn’t long before we needed some sustenance in the form of hot chocolate and biscuits that the Longshaw rangers brought in their vehicle. 

Muck-in Day volunteers collecting seeds at Longshaw, Derbyshire
Muck In Day volunteers collecting seeds at Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors, Derbyshire

This year, we'll be repairing stone walls, pulling Himalayan balsam, bracken bashing, dry stone walling and lots more.  

Muck in days are a way for rangers, visitors, staff and volunteers at Longshaw to connect.  Most importantly, it means essential conservation tasks get done while having fun (plus, it’s fun to say in a broad Derbyshire accent). So go on – Muck In!