Events, Community Groups and Volunteering

What's on - outdoor activities

Three Rivers District Council organise various outdoor activities at parks and open spaces across Three Rivers. For nature lovers there's no better time to explore the explore the great outdoors. Take advantage of our free nature activities with the park ranger and book now on 01923 776611. Activities include several walks such as Big Birdwatch Walk, Bat Walk, Welly Walk, Butterfly Walk, and also great interactive sessions such as Build a Bird Box, Wildlife Safari, Bird Boxes and Bug Hotels.

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Park Ranger Testimonials 

The Park Ranger activities in our Parks and Open spaces have been extremely well received and well attended. web-image-birdie-copy-copy.jpgHere is a recent quote: "A HUGE 'thank you' to Damian for the amazing dawn chorus walk - well worth getting up for 5am start & braving the 3 degrees/frost on ground to see the sun coming up & blue skies. It was a walk with something for everyone…interesting info about trees, plants, flowers and planting methods, the environment, conservation, amphibians, reptiles and of course, birds! Am looking forward to a bat walk.  It's a child friendly place and does a lot of fun, interesting & educational activities with the local community, including schools. This is an excellent resource."

What happened in 2017

events-and-volunteering-1.jpgOur last events in July, were Wildlife Safari, Butterfly Walk and Buggy Bugs.

Damien pointed out where the habitats are, gave a talk on the different species and then we went on a creature hunt! 

Everyone managed to see lots of minibeasts and get up close with them so we could understand more about our local wildlife habitats. 

Excited attendees said:

  • "Very informative for a novice and very pleasant to be in open space"
  • "It was the first time we have caught bugs, we now know how to catch them safely"
  • "It was very informative and fun at the same time, finding out about unknown creatures and parts of the aquadrome."
  • "Relaxed informal friendly, bug jars, nets free!"
  • We learnt about the different bugs and wildlife (grass snakes & terrapin) that are in certain areas, we will be bringing our friends to show off!"
  • "It was good to let us explore with a child with ASD"
  • "Excellent, I would recommend!"

Would your group like a Wildlife walk and talk or special event?

Our Park Ranger organises and hosts a number of wildlife walks and talks for specific groups as specialised sessions. If you would like to know more about them or how to arrange one for your group, please click here.

Hertfordshire Health Walks

Hertfordshire Health Walks is a countywide initiative of free, led walks and is coordinated by Countryside Management Service (CMS). It aims to help promote walking and encourage more people (all ages, backgrounds and abilities) to get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits. For more information, visit

Community Groups and Volunteering

Get involved...

ow-volunteers.jpgThere are lots of different types of support we need from volunteers. It could be help with planning future management plans, clearing banks, conducting wildlife surveys or consultation with users.

We are always happy to have help from volunteers and have events during the year to recruit new volunteers.

Become a friend...

Friends of the Aquadrome

friends-of-the-aquadrome.jpgJoin the Friends of the Aquadrome and help support the events, assist in the wildlife surveys or help maintain the Aquadrome. You will receive regular updates on the conservation work undertaken at the Aquadrome, along with details of special events. Maybe you have some specialist skills you could impart to others or have some great ideas you could share? If so, please let us know.

If you would like more information or would like to be a Friend of the Aquadrome please call us on 01923 776611 or email

Friends of Carpenters Wood

friends-of-carpenters-wood.jpgCarpenters Wood is a designated wildlife site - 56 acres of ancient, semi-natural Beech with Oak, Ash, Larch, Birch, Sycamore and Hornbeam.  The Friends of Carpenters Wood are a friendly and enthusiastic group of people, who give time when we can to help maintain and enhance the Woods for the enjoyment of all. We meet every first Thursday and every third Saturday in the month – alternating from weekdays to weekends gives both those who work full-time and those of us who are ‘retired’ a chance to participate. Volunteers come when they can, and we generally have between 6 -12 of us at each session.

Friends of Chorleywood House Estate

friends-of-cwh-estate.jpgThe Friends of Chorleywood House Estate are a group of volunteers who work and support the estate and Three Rivers District Council.  The group formed in 1998 and their website has lots of useful information on the history of the grounds, their continual hard work and how you can join them.

If you would like to become a Friend of Chorleywood House Estate and receive newsletters on work and any events at the site please visit

Chorleywood Community Orchard

Chorleywood Community Orchard was launched in late 2008 as an exciting new community project to be enjoyed by everyone - local people, visitors to the area and wildlife.  In February 2009, volunteers planted the first 24 apple trees in the beautiful surroundings of Chorleywood House Estate, a local nature reserve in south-west Hertfordshire. The Orchard is home to 140 fruit trees, a mix of apples, plums and cherries, all carefully chosen either because they are old Hertfordshire varieties or are known to thrive locally.

Friends of Croxley Common Moor

friends-of-croxley-common-moor.jpgJoin the Friends of Croxley Common Moor on the second Sunday of each month at 10am to lend a helping hand. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.

Friends of Leavesden Country Park 

friends-of-leavesden-country-park.jpgJoin the Friends of Leavesden Country Park and help support the events, assist in the wildlife surveys or help maintain Leavesden Country Park. You will receive regular updates on the conservation work undertaken at Leavesden Country Park, along with details of special events.  Maybe you have some specialist skills you could impart to others or have some great ideas you could share? If so, please let us know.

If you would like more information or would like to be a Friend of Leavesden Country Park please call us on 01923 776611 or email

Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers

oxhey-wood-conservation-volunteers.jpgThe Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers work with the Council and the Countryside Management Service to help keep Oxhey Woods as special as it is. Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers hold regular volunteer days and everyone is welcome to lend a helping hand.

Friends of the Withey Beds

friends-of-the-withey-beds.jpgThe Withey Beds Local Nature Reserve is 7.7 hectares of one of a few remaining wetlands in Hertfordshire. It is particularly important as it supports a wide range of habitats including wet woodland, marsh, drier grassland and open ditches as well as the River Colne.  The Withey Beds has won Green Apple Awards for the environmental work that has taken place.

If you would like more information or would like to be a Friend of the Withey Beds please call us on 01923 776611 or email

Share your views

Three Rivers District Council is not only responsible for the management of our parks and open spaces, we see ourselves as guardians who promote, conserve and enhance our natural heritage, for future generations.

As part of our management role, we want to make sure that we are meeting the needs of our residents.

Are we providing what you need from our parks and open spaces?

Each year Three Rivers District Council carries out a survey of the users of our parks and open spaces but we may not get the opportunity to speak to everyone.
Why not contact us to tell us what you think about our parks and open spaces on 01923 776611 or e-mail us at

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