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BTCV is a national charity that helps people to take practical action to protect and improve their local green places.

Through the work we do, we support, encourage and celebrate volunteers and volunteering. Our work is focused on helping people to give some of their time, skills and enthusiasm, to create and sustain environmental action within local communities. We do this by providing individuals with the necessary knowledge, skills, opportunities and confidence to do so.

Owning no land, BTCV provides a unique bridge between individuals and their environment, by linking volunteers and land managers, including local authorities and other public bodies, community groups, schools and private landowners. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2009.

Our activities result in a wide range of improvements for local communities, achieved through using the environment to deliver social, educational and health related outcomes. Most of this work helps to protect or enhance local biodiversity, mitigate the effects of climate change, or improve access or interpretation of greenspaces, to enable people to enjoy them more.

In West Sussex we provide a wide range of second tier support to over 60 local community groups. We also set up new groups, normally with a view to ensuring their ability to effectively operate independently of BTCV within two years, with their management and control being handed over to their members, who are generally local people living in the locations where they’re based.

In addition, we run Conservation Holidays, accredited and informal training courses, Green Gyms and a range of one-day conservation projects that are open to everyone. We also deliver Employee Action Days in partnership with businesses and other organisations.

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