Mudlarks volunteer group for the Peak District

One of the many areas looked after by our dedicated Mudlark volunteers

The Mudlarks volunteer group was founded in 1990 and is a friendly, mixed group that caters for people ranging from 16-years and above, who enjoy carrying out practical conservation tasks across the Longshaw and the Dark Peak estates.

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.


What do they do?

The tasks are varied and our rangers supervise the work so you will soon learn the skills of dry stone walling, fencing, footpath maintainance, rhododendron management, woodland thinning and planting, reed clearance from the pond and many other activities. Tools and specialist protective equipment are provided. The rangers that work alongside you have a wide range of skills and knowledge and are qualified first aiders.

Volunteers work at their own pace and everyone brings their own drinks and packed lunch for the morning, lunch and afternoon breaks. Clothing should be suitable for outdoor work in all weathers and sturdy footwear is essential. Work gloves are also essential but can be provided.

A programme is agreed annually and is based on the following:

First Sunday each month

  • We meet at Longshaw or Dark Peak  at 09:15/09:30 and work usually finishes mid-afternoon.
  • For Longshaw work days we park in the main Woodcroft car park and meet at the Ranger base nearby.
  • For Dark Peak work days the work site determines our meeting place so volunteers are given details by email a few days before the work day.

In addition to the planned days there are occasionally special work days and these are advised by email. Mudlarks do not have a committee or membership fees and you do not need to be a member of the National Trust, so all you have to do is turn up and join in!

If you wish to volunteer during the week then please search for opportunities with the National Trust by visiting our website. For more information on volunteering with the Peak District National Trust team, contact or call 01335 350503.

By getting involved you will be helping to care for the stunning wildlife and landscapes of the Longshaw and Dark Peak estates. We hope to see you soon on one of our work days and the group will make you feel most welcome.