Ilminster and Chard group

Local area group

Ilminster and Chard

Autumn sun at Thurlbear - Matt Sweeting

Where are we and what do we do?

The Ilminster and Chard group was formed by Volunteers in Ilminster in October 1985. It is currently organised by a small committee of seven local people who meet just a couple of times a year. You don't need any experience or particular expertise to get involved; just lots of enthusiasm and fresh ideas.

Along with the other Area Groups, we put on more than 200 events a year to inspire and engage people with the natural world, supporting the Trust’s work and raising vital funds.

This group's biggest fundraiser is the Grand Plant Sale usually held towards the end of May in Ilminster Market Square - offers of help are always welcome!  This year’s plant sale raised £704. The group also runs fundraising coffee mornings. In 2019, they raised £164 from the Chaffcombe Coffee morning and Bluebell walk and £117 from Buckland St Mary May Community Coffee morning.

Ilminster and Chard Area Group supports several projects in their area too. Members of the group are involved in monitoring Local Wildlife Sites and reserves and advisory visits have been made to neighbouring parishes.

With the area being to the south of the county, several members also have links with Devon and Dorset Trusts as well as Blackdown Hills AONB and other conservation/wildlife groups.

Where do we meet?

Regular indoor meetings take place with talks covering a wide variety of wildlife topics. Talks are held usually on the 4th Friday of the month from September, through the Autumn/Winter months, until our AGM in April.

Meetings take place 7.30pm at the Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster TA19 0DG (ST 361 147.)

 Admission by donation £2.50 adults, £3.50 non-members; no charge for children. Refreshments are available.

There is wheelchair access and limited parking roadside, in the nearby West St car park or Tesco in Shudrick Lane (free for up to 3 hours).

How can you help?

Can you offer help with any of these?

  • Attend a couple of committee meetings a year + a few social events
  • Write reports for local press
  • Help arrange events
  •  Design Posters
  • Keep accounts
  • Join the refreshments team
  • Be First-Aider for meetings/walks
  • Bring new ideas.

Upcoming events:

Nature reserves

Contact Ilminster and Chard Area Group

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Looking for other volunteer opportunities?

From practical conservation tasks, like cutting back bracken and hedge-laying, to answering queries on our reception help-desk and engaging with the public at our events - we have lots of different volunteer opportunities just waiting for you to get involved in.

Current volunteering opportunities 


Get in touch

Find out more about volunteering by emailing or calling 01823 652 400