Green-fingered volunteers needed

Plant a tree with NCHA!

Want to share the love this Valentine’s Day? We’re appealing for budding volunteers to help us protect our environment for future generations by planting saplings in Rainworth.

Project overview

Delivered through Greenwood Community Forest, a generous grant from The Sherwood Forest Trust is empowering us plant 528 new trees on a piece of NCHA-owned land in Rainworth to improve environmental sustainability in Nottinghamshire.

Championing biodiversity is extremely important to us at NCHA, and we’re proud to launch volunteering activities that align with our Environmental Sustainability strategy.

Event details

  • light-green-tree-with-branchesWhen: Tuesday 14 February (from 11.30am)
  • Who: Everyone!* (children welcome!)
  • Address: NCHA-owned green space between Little John Drive, South Avenue and Python Hill Road in Rainworth, Mansfield, NG21 0JG
  • Length of time: Approximately two hours – we will be onsite planting all day but volunteers are welcome to stay for as long (or as little) as they’d like.

(*Accessibility: Please let us know if you require additional assistance and we will do our best to accommodate this if possible.)

What to bring

We’ll provide the trees and digging tools, so all you need to bring is bags of enthusiasm! As this event takes place during the winter planting season, please remember to wear sturdy footwear, gloves and warm outdoor clothing as it can get quite chilly.

Benefits of tree planting:

  • Protecting green spaces from future development
  • Coming together as a community to safeguard our environment
  • Helping to combat climate change (trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere)
  • Reducing fly-tipping in green spaces and increasing security
  • Supporting a variety of local bird species, insects and wildlife that have been spotted in the area by creating enriched natural habitats for them to thrive.

Lynn Preece, Community Woodland Creation Officer, said: “I can’t wait to get planting with local residents and volunteers. The new little woodland will make a significant contribution in helping nature’s recovery in the area and in bringing the benefits of woods and trees to more people. I hope over time that locals will enjoy seeing the birds and wildlife the trees and shrubs attract.”

Register your place

To volunteer, please confirm your place by emailing

(Please note: Saplings will be allocated on a first come first served basis – register soon to avoid disappointment!)