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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 act in the interests of all of us.

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

Check for a group in your area using our local groups finder. If there isn't one, start your own using our start-up guide (pdf).

Step 2

Get in touch with the Community Activism Team in England – or your representative in Wales and Northern Ireland.

They are Friends of the Earth staff who work with people who want to start groups. They'll help you get going.

Step 3

Have a look at our Get a Group Going guide (pdf). It tells you 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, a little bit of paperwork – see Ready to Set Up a Group.