Rivelin Valley Conservation Group

The Rivelin Valley Conservation Group was formed in 1991 to help maintain the footpaths and woodlands around Hagg Lane (Crosspool). It later expanded into other areas of the valley, in particular the lower stretch from Rails Road to Malin Bridge, where it has helped to improve the nature trail, and maintain the woodland, mill dams, goits and archaeological heritage.

During the autumn and winter there are Open Meetings with guest speakers, where you will have an opportunity to meet other members and to discuss Valley matters. The RVCG also runs various events throughout the year, including organised walks, and attends public events with the RVCG stall. Over 30 members volunteer for the RVCG Task Team, which holds monthly task days, usually on the last Sunday of each month.

Membership currently includes over 200 households, of which around 80 volunteers are actively involved. The annual Membership Fee is currently £3 per household, which includes a quarterly newsletter.

RVCG is completely independent, has its own constitution and is managed by an annually-elected executive committee of about ten, which meets monthly.


Informal monthly meetings with interesting speakers and an opportunity to discuss Rivelin matters.

  • Talks by enthusiasts and experts, usually on a local and/or wildlife theme, followed by refreshments.
  • Held during the second week of the month (except summer months). See Events Programme for details.
  • Start at 7.30 pm and finish around 9–9.30 pm.
  • Venue: Stephen Hill Methodist Church, Crosspool (unless otherwise advertised).
  • A small entrance fee includes refreshments.


Monthly work parties undertake a wide variety of tasks, including woodland management, trail maintenance and installation of benches. Working in the Rivelin Valley means you really can make a difference and the whole community benefits.

  • Meets on the last Sunday of each month.
  • Starts at 10 am, and continues until around 2 pm or as long as individuals can stay.
  • Protective clothing, training and all tools provided.
  • You can work on your own or with others, but always at your own pace.
  • You get the satisfaction of a job well done, keeping fit working in the great outdoors and with something worthwhile to show for your effort.
  • There are jobs for the less fit or active too.
  • Children are welcome, but supervision remains the responsibility of an accompanying adult.

For more information about the Task Team.


  • Quarterly newsletter can be found on the website.
  • Attendance at local fairs and functions with the RVCG stall to promote RVCG work in the Valley and to raise awareness and appreciation of the historical and wildlife interest of the area amongst adults and children.
  • Database of wildlife records; members are encouraged to submit local sightings.
  • Production of historical and nature guides to the Valley, and a DVD showing old postcards of the mills.
  • Viewing planning applications relevant to the Rivelin Valley and pursuing those that merit comment or objection.
  • Annual social events.
  • Wildlife-themed walks in the valley, some also open to the public.
  • Hosting activities such as pond dipping and bat walks for local school/youth groups.
  • Occasional trips to visit other wildlife sites or gardens.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Details of the Committee and Contacts can be found on the website.