Friends of …

… Chorleywood House Estate

… Carpenters Wood

… Stocker’s Lake

On this page we feature local volunteering groups who maintain and improve specific areas of our local environment.

Please let us know via the Contact Us page of any errors or omissions.

Friends of Chorleywood House Estate

Chorleywood House Estate is located off the A404 in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. The postcode is WD3 5SL, but please don’t drive to the House itself. Entrance to the Estate is by the Parish Office, opposite the Cricket Club, and not at the traffic lights.

The Friends of Chorleywood House Estate was formed in 1998 (under the original name Chorleywood House Estate Community Partnership) with the aim of helping Three Rivers District Council to restore and improve the fields, parkland and woods that comprise the Chorleywood House Estate and to conserve it for future generations.

The Friends also pledges:

  • to create and maintain freely accessible amenity areas within the Estate
  • to promote and encourage public awareness of the Estate though publicity, consultation, groups of volunteers and liaison with interested organisations
  • to act as an umbrella organisation, drawing on the expertise of members to facilitate restoration of the grounds
  • to assist, advise and support Three Rivers District Council in drawing up the Management Plan for the Estate
  • to apply for grants from relevant organisations to help fund the above objectives.

 Join the Friends of Chorleywood House Estate

We have Volunteer Groups working every first and third Tuesday of the month. Come and meet fellow members of the Friends and get stuck in to a bit of light work – we welcome all efforts, however large or small. Why pay subscriptions to expensive gyms when you can get the exercise in good company and enjoy the results of your efforts? We tackle different tasks and areas of the Estate at different times so for details of specific activities on particular days do call Tim Venner on 01923 284320

Even if you are not able to join the Tuesday working parties, you can always support their work by becoming a “Friend”, and making an annual donation of £5, which will go towards the purchase and maintenance of tools and equipment, and to buying seeds and plants.

Contact Details


Membership Secretary: Tim Venner on 01923 284320 or at Fairlight, Shire Lane, Chorleywood, Herts., WD3 5NR.

Friends of Carpenters Wood

Carpenters Wood, one of the few designated ancient woodlands in the UK, covers 56 acres, and is over 400 years old.  The woodland, which is owned by Three Rivers, is on the edge of the Chilterns within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a wonderful example of a mature Beech wood.  Entrances into the woodland are in Whitelands Avenue and Farm Road.

 Join the Friends of Carpenters Wood

Are you interested in getting out into the fresh air, getting some exercise, and meeting friendly, like-minded people?  Then you might be interested in joining our group of regular woodland volunteers and helping us maintain a very special woodland for future generations.

The Friends Group meet twice a month (usually the first Thursday morning and the third Saturday morning in the month) – a diary of volunteer sessions along with more information about us, is available on the website

Supported by the Countryside Management Service who provide us with training in First Aid and woodland management,  we carry out general maintenance work such as path clearance, holly removal, and glade management as well as specific work linked to our 5 Year plan, all aimed at continued enhancement of the woodland for its users and maintenance of this wonderful resource into the future.

Don’t worry if you are not super-fit!  Our volunteers come when they can and do only what they can manage.  All tools are provided along with protective-wear.  We are a friendly, lively group, always keen to welcome new volunteers, so if you are interested, contact Barbara on  We would love to see you!

Friends of Stocker’s Lake

Stocker’s Lake, near Rickmansworth, is a place of great beauty which supports a huge variety of wildlife, especially birds, particularly winter wildfowl. Friends of Stocker’s Lake (FoSL) exists to conserve, safeguard and enhance Stocker’s Lake as a Local Nature Reserve and to foster public appreciation of it. FoSL, whose membership includes many Chorleywood residents, is actively involved in conservation work at the site. It also regularly hosts guided walks and other events, all of which are free of charge and open to all. An events programme and lots more can be found at

Join the Friends of Stocker’s Lake

Why not support our work by joining Friends of Stocker’s Lake? For just £5.00 a year you will receive three newsletters a year and have the satisfaction of helping conserve this important local nature reserve. You will also have opportunities for more hands-on involvement should you wish it, e,g, by joining a monthly work party. 

To join FoSL please complete the online joiner form at