Set up a local group

No local group near you? No problem. Here's our 3-step guide to setting up your own local group.
  Published:  15 Sep 2017    |      1 minute read

Local groups are run by thousands of volunteers from all backgrounds, including teachers, nurses, lawyers, students, grandparents and more. They bring people together to improve their local environment and see off unjust proposals.

If there's no local group near you and you want to start one, you're in the right place.

First though, you might want to check out our most frequently asked questions to get a sense of what local groups are and what they get up to. Feel free to get in touch on if there's anything else you'd like more information on.

Ready to get started? Follow these three simple steps.

Step 1

Decide what you're going to work on and find people to work with. For advice on this – and your first 3 meetings – check out "how to start a local group".

Step 2

Once you've had a few successful meetings and your group is up and running, get in touch by emailing

We'll answer any of your questions and figure out what support you might need going forward.

Step 3

Get licensed. To formalise the relationship, we will need you to:

What happens next?

Once we've received all your completed documentation, we'll email to confirm that you're officially a Friends of the Earth group.

You'll then be all set to start campaigning in the name of Friends of the Earth.

As a Friends of the Earth group, you'll be able to apply for grants of up to £500 to help your campaigning.