Volunteering With Us

NORTH WEST KENT COUNTRYSIDE PARTNERSHIP

NWKCP simply could not continue without the support of our amazing, multi-award-winning volunteer team, some of whom have been volunteering with us for over twenty years! The team has a great feeling of camaraderie and nothing beats the feeling of working outdoors and having fun.

Our volunteering teams, go out on Wednesdays and Thursdays and meet us at Hall Place in Bexley between 9:00 and 9:30 or can go directly to the site. A typical day usually finishes around 16:00 and plenty of breaks, drinks and biscuits are supplied. All you will need to bring are suitable clothes for the weather conditions and a packed lunch. All tools and equipment such as gloves and steel toe capped boots will be provided and any training in tool use will be given.

We work in Bexley, Dartford, Sevenoaks and Gravesham on a huge variety of projects which include path clearance, coppicing, creating nature areas in schools, hedge laying, restoring river banks using traditional techniques and many more.

If you are keen to keep fit, connect with nature, make new friends and improve spaces for both wildlife and people then why not join us and become one of our invaluable volunteers?

If you think you would be interested in joining us then please contact Stephanie Johnson at: Stephanie.Johnson@kent.gov.uk or on 07714920321

Please find below a copy of this month’s volunteering tasks:

 

Volunteer Project Programme – October 2019

Wednesday 2nd – Edenbridge Water Meadows, Make a difference day

We will be joining students from Radnor School as part of their make a difference day to help them use tools and process felled trees to make habitat piles. Because we are helping the school, we need to be on site by 9:30 for the induction and therefore will need to leave Hall Place by 8:45 at the latest.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (mobile 07714920321)

 

Thursday 3rd – Shoreham Village School

We will be continuing to construct the outdoor classroom by finishing off the roof, installing benches and attaching planting boxes to create the living walls.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (mobile 07714920321)

 

Wednesday 9th –Rectory Meadow, Hartley

We will be strimming the meadow, raking and clearing up the arisings.

Led by: Reece Evans (mobile 07976834447)

 

Thursday 10th – Shoreham Village School

We will be finishing off the outdoor classroom and planting up the living wall, raised beds and bird feeding area with pollinator friendly plants.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (mobile 07714920321)

 

Wednesday 16th – River Shuttle

We will be finishing off the hazel spilling that we created last month before it is officially opened.

Led by: Mark Gallant/Alfie Bratton (mobile 07740185228)

 

Thursday 17th – St Mary’s Churchyard

We will be cutting and raking the grass in the meadow area of the churchyard along with maintaining pathway access.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (mobile 07809334071)

 

Wednesday 23rd – Seal Primary School, Sevenoaks TN15 0DJ

We will be joining Sara to clear out sedge from the school’s pond and then to dig out the old pond liner.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (mobile 07714920321)

 

Thursday 24th – Seal Primary School, Sevenoaks TN15 0DJ

We will be joining Sara to reshape the pond before putting in a new pond liner and filling the pond. If there is time, we might also plant up trees, fix a fence and put in benches.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (mobile 07714920321)

 

Wednesday 30th – 100 Year Wood, Horton Kirby

We will be creating and maintaining scalloped areas in the wood to encourage the colonisation of ground plants and wildflowers.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (mobile 07714920321)

 

Thursday 31st – Thames and Medway Canal, Gravesend

We will be joining the Thames and Medway Canal volunteer group to do hedge laying along the river.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (mobile 07809334071)

  

Just a quick reminder that any volunteers who plan to meet us on site should let the member of staff leading the task know as soon as possible so that they can pack the correct number of tools and inform them of any task changes/delays that may occur.

 

 

If there are any updates or changes with the programme we will update it regularly on the volunteer page on our website (www.nwkcp.org ). We will also contact the regular volunteers by phone if any last-minute changes to the location of the task happen.

 

Please remember to bring with you suitable clothes for the weather conditions, a packed lunch and suitable footwear (we insist working boots with steel toecap and mid sole are worn at all times to comply with health and safety and insurance considerations). We will supply all other equipment, gloves and safety equipment and also hot drinks and biscuits throughout the day.

 

Each project will be led by a NWKCP member of staff who will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have throughout the day. A health and safety talk will also be given at the beginning of each project. If you are planning to come out on a project for the first time this month then please let us know beforehand which day that will be.

 

 

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