Constitution of the Association of Countryside Volunteers

(revised October 2009)

1. The name of the Association shall be the Association of Countryside Volunteers.


2. a) To provide a means whereby volunteers in the countryside may come together for discussion of matters of mutual interest.

b) To promote the efficient operation volunteers in the countryside and to promote good relations between them and the general public.

c) To cooperate with the various authorities with which they may work.

d) To provide information of relevance to volunteers.

e) To present publicly the views of the volunteers.



3. a) Membership of the Association shall be open to all individuals who are currently serving as volunteers within the United Kingdom as a whole and who support the objects of the the Association. Members shall have the right to participate in all the activities of the Association.

b) Associate Membership shall be open to other individuals or organisations. Associate Members shall have the same rights as Members except that they shall not have the right to vote at the Annual General or Special General Meetings .

c) The Association shall have the right to exclude from Membership or Associate Membership individuals or organisations deemed unfit.

d) The candidates for Membership or Associate Membership shall apply in writing to the Treasurer of the Association and, after due entry has been made in the minutes of the Association, shall be notified of their acceptance.

e) Individuals eligible for Membership shall have attained eighteen years of age at the date of application, and for Associate Membership shall have attained the age of sixteen years at the date of application.



4. The annual subscription for Members and Associate Members shall be as fixed from time to time by the Annual General Meeting of the Association and shall be payable in advance on January 1st each year. The financial year shall end on December 31st each year.

5. Members or Associate Members whose annual subscription has not been received by the Treasurer by 31st May shall not be entitled to any of the rights and privileges of Membership or Associate Membership.

6. Any person who has rendered service to the Association, or is distinguished for the pursuit of the objects of the Association, may be proposed by the Committee for election as Honorary Member at the Annual General Meeting. The number of Honorary Members shall not exceed ten at any one time.



7. a) The management of the Association shall be vested in the Committee of the Association.

b) Members of the Association serving as volunteers in each organisation shall be entitled to elect one of their number to the Committee of the Association (provided that a Member serving in more than one organisation shall have one vote only in the organisation of their choice)

c) The Committee shall be empowered to co-opt such persons as may be able to provide guidance on such matters as the Committee may consider necessary.

d) The Committee may, at such time as it may deem appropriate, submit to the Annual General Meeting a proposal to institute Regions within the Association together with Rules attendant to the management of such Regions. Such proposal shall be exempt from para.16 of this Constitution and shall require a simple majority only to be accepted.

8. a) The Annual General Meeting shall elect a Chairman. The Chairman's period of office shall not exceed three years in total, after which the Chairman must stand down for a minimum period of one year. The Annual General Meeting may also elect up to four Vice-Chairmen of the Association.

b) Immediately following the Annual General Meeting the Committee shall elect from among the members of the Association a Secretary, a Treasurer, and may also designate from time to time other Committee Members to carry specific tasks who shall, together with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman be the Officers of the Association.

9. Election to the Committee shall be for one year terminating at the closure of the Annual General Meeting. Those retiring shall be eligible for re-election.

10. Each year the Committee may nominate an annual Honorary President and may also nominate not more than four annual Honorary Vice-Presidents, to be elected at the Annual General Meeting all to be members of the Committee ex-officio.

11. The Committee, of whom four of the current membership shall form a quorum, shall meet during the four months prior to the Annual General Meeting and at other times when summoned by any officer of the Association.



12. The Treasurer shall receive and keep accounts of all funds of the Association, and shall produce accounts and vouchers whenever required by the Committee and shall also present accounts annually. All proper accounts relating to the Association shall, in each year, be prepared under the supervision of the Committee and shall be audited by an auditor appointed by the Annual General Meeting. These accounts shall be transmitted to the Annual General Meeting. The property of the Association, including all its incomes, shall be paid or applied solely for the aforesaid objects of the Association and no part thereof shall be distributed to any Member or Associate Member of the Association by way of profit, provided that nothing in this clause shall prevent the remuneration of any person or persons for any services rendered or work done to or for the Association whether or not such person or persons are Members or Associate Members of the Association.




13. The Secretary shall, as directed by the Committee, make arrangements for the conduct and organisation of all meetings. The Secretary shall take minutes of General, Special and Annual General Meetings of the Association and of the Committee and enter them regularly as minutes. He shall conduct the correspondence of the Association and shall report to the Committee all that related to the business of the Association. The Committee may delegate such of the duties of the Secretary to an Assistant Secretary or other identified person as they deem fit.



14. The Committee shall review the voluntary status of a Member if requested to do so by an officer of the Association or by any three Members and may request a Member to establish their voluntary status and shall be empowered to declare them unfit for Membership if they deem their voluntary status not to be satisfactorily established or if this is not done within reasonable time.



15. a) There shall be an Annual General Meeting. Other meetings of the Association shall be held as directed by the Committee. Not less than twentyone days' notice shall be given to Members by the Secretary and the objects of the meeting shall be stated therewith.

b) A Special Meeting shall be called if requested by one-third of the Membership of the Association.



16. This Constitution shall not be altered except at an Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting for which twentyone days' notice shall be given and the full text of the proposed alterations shall be announced in the circular to call the meeting. Any alteration shall require a two-thirds majority of those Members present and voting.



17. a) Matters appended to this Constitution in interpretation of this Constitution shall be known as the "Rules" of the Association.

b) The Rules shall be reviewed annually by the Committee. c) Alteration of the Rules shall be by simple majority of those present and voting at an Annual or Special Meeting of the Association on the proposal of the Committee.



18. The Association shall not be dissolved except at a Special Meeting called for that purpose. One month's notice shall be given to all Members by Recorded Delivery Post and the Resolution of the Dissolution shall require a majority of two-thirds of the Members present and voting, together with those who have communicated their views to the officers of the Association in writing. Any property of the Association whatsoever which remains after satisfaction of all debts and liabilities shall be sold as directed by the Committee and the monies realised thereby transferred to such organisation as the Committee shall decide, provided that the organisation shall be competent to receive those monies and shall undertake to use those monies for purposes connected with the enjoyment or conservation of the countryside



1. The word “volunteer” shall be deemed to describe all those who are currently acting as Volunteers in the countryside, deemed to be acceptable by the Committee of the Association, and who receive no regular remuneration for their services.

b) Payment for special and irregular duties shall not be regarded as removing voluntary status.

2. Membership subscription shall be £10 per annum: Associate Membership subscription shall be £10 per annum. Concessionary Membership shall be £6 per annum.

Contact Us



Trevor Hardy MBE,

25 The High Gate, Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4LS                                                              

Tel:  01912 858570





Brian Oram, (also Association Chairman)

4 South Street, Hutton Henry, County Durham, TZ27 4RZ                              

Tel 07909 981891       email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Vice Chairman & Magazine / Newsletter Editor

Roger Higgs,

Le Boutet, 85410 St Laurent de la Salle, France                                                                                        

Tel: 02 51 00 67 04 (from England miss off the first 0 and add 00 33)  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Treasurer (and Membership Enquiries)

Neville J Anderson,

3 Summerfields, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH2 2ND                                                           

Tel: 01913 875523  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Brecon Beacons NP                                                                                                                                         


Bromley CRS

John M French,

6 Senlac Court, Caldbec Hill, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0JT

Calderdale CRS


Cotswolds AONB

Ted Hodgkins (Minutes Secretary - Pauline Hodgkins) 

3 Whitehouse Way, Woodmancote, Cheltenham, GL52 9PR          

Tel: 01242 676587  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dartmoor NP

Philip Sanders,

3 Peryn Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8LP                                                                                             

Tel 01822 612265  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Durham CRS

Neville Anderson, Treasurer,

3 Summerfields, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH2 2ND                                               

Tel 0191 387 5523  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mike Ord, Chairman DVCRS,

27 Front Street, Croxdale, County Durham                                                                         

Tel: 01388 813718  email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Exmoor NP                                                                                                                                                


Lake District NP 


Lancashire CRS


Northumberland NP

Trevor Hardy, President,

25 The High Gate, Kenton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE3 4LS                                                        

Tel 0191 285 8570

North York Moors NP

Jean Hogben,

9 Stuteville Close, Kirby Moorside, N Yorks YO62 6LW                                                                               

Tel 01751 432320

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Jay Burkinshaw,

Cottage 1, Ballinbreich Farm, Newburgh, Cupar, Fife, KY14 6HJ

Tel 01337 842704 

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust


Snowdonia NP

David W Chapman,

22 Green Park, Penymynydd, Chester, CH4 0LY

Woodland Trust

Ray Jones,

18 Maes y Llan, Gyffin, Conwy, LL32 8NB

Tel 01492 592276

Werneth Low CP


Wood Education Programme Trust


Wyre Borough Council

Geraldine (Cherry) Childes,

9 Lune Close, Kirkham, Lancashire, PR4 2YD                                                                        

Tel:  01772 491616  Mod:  07935 283798  email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Association of Countryside Volunteers


Welcome to our brand new updated website, or indeed welcome back if you have been here before.  If you have been trying to access our site recently, please accept my sincere apologies as we have had a number of problems accessing and changing the information contained here, following the untimely death of one of our Vice Presidents, who was not only a very knowledgeable and active member of the committee, but also our “web master!” I guess there is a moral here; be sure that information to access a website needs is shared with someone else, it has taken quite a while to track down this information and be able to bring the site up to date.  The deaths of several other valued and key members have also caused the Association to spend time looking at our future – The Way Forward and how we can increase membership.  With this in mind, we would be delighted should you join us and become part of a UK based organisation of people with a common love of our wonderful and precious countryside, who are determined, more than ever during this time of financial constraint, to do what they can to improve and protect this countryside for future generations.


In the words of:


Brian Redhead, late President of the Council for National Parks 1986 – 1990

“Not ours, but ours to look after”




Rajendra K Pachauri, Nobel Peace Prize 2007 ~

“Be the change you want to see”


So the website is back and will hopefully be easy to access and regularly updated, but as we are keen to get back “on line” as soon as possible, there remain some changes still to make with the website, so please bear with us.  In particular, the “News” section will be updated very soon.


Also, we would love to hear from you with any countryside news that you might wish to share, or indeed any comments or suggestions for the website.


Roger Higgs, Vice Chairman ~ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  











         President:                     Trevor Hardy (Northumberland NP


         Vice Presidents:            vacancy

                                               Brian Oram (English Nature)


        Chairman:                      Brian Oram


        Vice-Chairman:             Roger Higgs (ex Cotswolds AONB))


        Treasurer:                      Neville Anderson (Durham VCRS)

                                                     & Membership Enquiries




“The Association for everyone who works as a Countryside Volunteer in the U.K.”


The Association of Countryside Volunteers, ACV, (formerly The Association of Countryside Voluntary Wardens (ACVW)), is a U.K. based organisation founded at Grasmere in 1967.  The recent change of name came about to reflect the changing role of volunteers within the countryside, at a time when we are actively drawing up a gazetteer of countryside volunteers, raising the profile of the Association to hopefully increase membership and to give the Association greater influence in countryside matters.

The aim of the Association is to promote effective and enjoyable work by volunteers throughout the countryside.  The Association also aims to complement the work of the countryside volunteer’s own “service” by bringing together those of similar interests, enabling information and experience to be shared, and by co-operating with the Authorities in promoting high standards within countryside services. 

Throughout its history the Association has been keen to provide additional opportunities for individual members to enhance their enjoyment of volunteering by extending their knowledge and understanding. ACV has built up close links with organisations engaged in developing national training standards. The Association is regularly consulted by the Sector Skills Council for Land-Based Industries, LANTRA.  This meant that ACV has had a direct influence in the development of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ), such as the NVQ in Environmental Conservation.    

The Association influences policy in other ways, for instance as a constituent member of the Pennine Way Association and by supporting the work of the Campaign for National Parks. Over the years ACV has had contacts with the Countryside Management Association, which represents full-time staff, and is in regular contact with the Statutory Agencies, such as Natural England, regarding matters of interest to volunteers in the countryside. 

Full membership is open to any individual who volunteers in the countryside.  Both volunteers and part-time paid staff are eligible to join.  Associate membership is also available to those who wish to support the Association. Members have the benefit of discounts from various outlets around the United Kingdom.  For current membership rates, please refer to our website.

A Magazine and Newsletter are each published twice a year, containing news, information and views from around the country, with articles of interest from the U.K. and overseas.

An annual “Gathering” which includes the AGM and Annual Dinner is held in different parts of the U.K., on the first weekend in October, giving members an opportunity to find out about and explore different areas. 

An Association Committee, made up of representatives from different areas, meets at least three times a year, and discusses policies and actions of the Association and keeps up-to-date on matters of local and national concern.




“to promote effective and enjoyable work by volunteers throughout the countryside”



The following, even in the current straightened times, offer discount to Members on production of proof of membership:

Nightingale Centre
Great Hucklow
SK17 8RH
01298 871218
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Discounts available. Ask when booking.

Out “N” About
25 Breck Road
01253 892445
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10% Discount off normal stock prices.

Whalley Warm & Dry
King Street
01254 822220
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10% Discount

Wildtrak Ltd.
60-62 St. Andrews Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
0191 2618582
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10% Discount off all in store RRP prices.


 Links to other useful sites

Suggestions for other links that members would find of value would be welcome and should be emailed to the Secretary