Where do we work?

These are some of the properties we work at regularly:



Alderley Edge

Nether Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire


Hedge layed at Alderley Edge


Walk the dramatic red sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge, with views over the Cheshire Plain to the Peak District.





Biddulph Grange Garden 

Grange Road, Biddulph, Staffordshire ST8 7SD


Biddulph Grange


This amazing Victorian garden was created by James Bateman. A visit takes you on a global journey from Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, a Victorian vision of China and a re-creation of a Himalayan glen.

The garden features collections of rhododendrons, summer bedding plant displays, a stunning dahlia walk in late summer and the oldest surviving golden larch in Britain.




Dunham Massey 

Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ


The House at Dunham


Dunham Massey was home to the Booth and Grey families (Earls of Warrington and Stamford). It hosts a Georgian Mansion and many avenues of trees set in the magnificent deer park. It is also home to Britain's largest Winter Garden.




Nr Formby, Liverpool, L37 1LJ


Formby Sands


This ever changing sandy part of the English coastline lies between the Irish Sea and Formby town centre. Whilst there, you may be lucky enough to glimpse a red squirrel or two or, due to erosion see the historic landscape once levelled for asparagus.

NOTE: for this worksite we meet at Styal at 8.45 for lift share.



Hare Hill 

Prestbury Road, Over Alderley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 4PY


Hare Hill


This tranquil woodland garden, especially spectacular in early summer, includes more than 70 varieties of rhododendrons, plus azaleas, hollies and hostas. At its heart is a delightful walled garden with a pergola and wire sculptures.

The surrounding parkland has an attractive permitted path to nearby Alderley Edge.



Hardcastle Crags 

near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire


Hardcastle Crags


One of MNTV's newest worksites, it was once home to a railway and a cotton mill, Hardcastle Crags has many interesting tales to tell. In the middle of Hardcastle Crags you'll find Gibson Mill, home to the Weaving Shed Cafe and Shop. This former cotton mill and entertainment emporium boasts a fantastic and varied history. The Hardcastle Estate also has a number of waymarked trails that take you off for a walk in the woods.


SatNav: use HX7 7AA for Midgehole car park, HX7 7AZ for Clough Hole car park and look out for National Trust sign



Hayfield, Kinder and the Dark Peak 

Location of meeting point: Sett Valley Trail Carpark, Hayfield SK22 2ES


Kinder Scout


Hayfield is on the edge of the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park, it is also said to be at the foot of Kinder Scout. MNTV work with the Rangers of the area on a variety of different tasks and on and around the summit of Kinder Scout. Completely away from the hustle and bustle of the City of Manchester and the daily grind, it's no wonder it's one of MNTVs favourite sites to work at.



Lyme Park 

Disley, Stockport, SK12 2NX


Lyme Hall



A glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park. Lyme Park is a 1,300 acre estate nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park was once home to the Legh family and, in its heyday a great sporting estate. It is home to a medieval herd of red and fallow deer and offers fantastic walks and stunning views. 

It is also known as Pemberley, home of Mr Darcy, as it was used in the 1995 BBC production of 'Pride and Prejudice'.


NOTE: DO NOT FOLLOW SAT NAV! Please use entrance on A6 just before Disley.




Quarry Bank Garden and the Styal Estate

Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA


 Quarry Bank Mill from the Garden



One of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived and worked. Quarry Bank Mill is a cotton mill and was run by the Greg Family it is powered by Europe's most powerful working waterwheel.


New to the mill in 2010 was the stunning Upper Garden, the Greg family's picturesque valley garden retreat adjoining the mill.


Styal village, built by the family to house the mill workers is still a thriving community.




Speke Hall, Garden and Estate

Speke, Liverpool, L24 1XD


 Speke Hall


The Speke Estate is located next to Liverpool's "John Lennon" Airport and is a rare example of a Tudor manor house, situated on the banks of the river Mersey, this building has witnessed more than 400 years of turbulent history. Speke Hall is surrounded by gardens and woodland with seasonal displays of rhododendrons, daffodils and bluebells.


NOTE: for this worksite we meet at Styal at 8.45 for lift share. 



Wirral Properties

As well as working at Speke Hall and Formby we also work at 3 properties on the Wirral these being; Burton Wood, Helsby Hill and Thurstaston Common for these worksites we normally car share from Styal


View towards Runcorn


Cheshire Properties

As well as working at Alderley Edge and Hare Hill we also work at Bickerton Hill and Bosley Cloud (aka The Cloud)


Bosley Cloud



Weekends Away


Three times a year we travel a longer distance than any of the above and stay over night.  Our current weekends are Spring in Snowdonia in April, Wonderful Wharfedale in August and Christmas in Cumbria in December. 



Spring in Snowdonia

After many visits to Snowdonia to help the National Trust marshall the Snowdonia Marathon, in 2013 they pulled out of running it and so did we.  However we love Snowdonia so much that we returned in the spring of 2015 and haven’t looked back since.  We stay at Hendre Isaf basecamp which is situated on the Ysbyty Estate, just off the A5 about 6 miles south east of the town of Betws-y-Coed.  We have done such tasks as Rhodi bashing, Birch Clearance and Gorse Clearance.


Hendre Isaf Basecamp



Wonderful Wharfedale

Our newest weekend destination is Upper Wharfedale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. We first visitied this area of the Yorkshire Dales in August 2015 and enjoyed it so much we've been back every year since. We stay at Town Head Barn in Buckden which use to be longterm volunteer accomodation. On our previous visits we have been working in Redmire Wood which use to be owned by the Ramsden and Stansfield Families, as a pleasure ground to accompany Buckden House which is now a outdoor adventure centre. We have been helping to eradicate laurel that has taken over.  

Town Head Barn



Christmas in Cumbria

After many years of travelling to Hardwick Hall near Chesterfield for our annual Christmas Weekend, the National Trust decided to change the Basecamp there into offices so we had to re-think our festive weekend. High Wray Basecamps came our rescue and in 2011 we had our first Christmas in Cumbria weekend. High Wray lies just to the West of Lake Windermere and has become a favourite among the group, with many sold out weekends. There is such a variety of tasks, we have taken part in Rhodi bashing, hedge laying, fence removal and spruce clearance just to name a few.

High Wray Basecamp