Group photo of volunteers standing in front of outdoor classroom they built at Shoreham Primary School

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

If you are under 18 and interested in volunteering or thinking of work experience please follow the link to find out more: https://nwkcp.org/work-experience-and-under-18s-volunteering/

 

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

Volunteer Project Programme – August 2021

Due to the lifting of restrictions next week, we have taken the decision to resume volunteering. 

Reminder: we still are unable to transport volunteers directly to site due to Covid-19 and therefore all volunteers should meet directly on site. Please let either Steph or the staff member leading the task know if you plan to attend so they can bring enough tools on the day. 

 

Wednesday 4th – Dalhanna Waymarker Relocation

We will be relocating way markers along with identifying chalk grassland wildflowers.

Led by:  Mark Gallant (07740185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 9am, the yard at Hall Place (there is no parking on site so Mark will be transporting volunteers in the land rover, there are only 8 spaces available in the vehicle and masks will need to be worn)

Thursday 5th – No Task

 

Monday 9th – Farnborough Primary School, Farnborough, Orpington, BR6 7EQ

I only need 2-3 volunteers for this task as we will be returning to finish off the steps and sowing grass seed.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (07714920321)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, at the school.

 

Wednesday 11th – No Task

 

Thursday 12th – Hall Place and Our Lady’s School Dartford

Lucy requires between 2-4 volunteers to help her finish installing her bug hotel. This will involve arriving at Hall Place to load it onto the trailer, following Lucy to the school and then installing the bug hotel and digging and moving two posts. This task should be finished by lunchtime.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, at yard in Hall Place.

 

Wednesday 18th – Hall Place, Bexley, DA5 1PQ TBC

We will be doing flood management works in and along the River Cray.

Led by:  Mark Gallant (07740185228)
Meeting Time and Place:
9am, at yard in Hall Place.

 

Thursday 19th – Hall Place, Bexley, DA5 1PQ TBC

We will be continuing to do flood management works in and along the River Cray.

Led by:  Mark Gallant (07740185228)
Meeting Time and Place:
9am, at yard in Hall Place.

 

Wednesday 25th – Castle Farm, Castle Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 7UB TBC

We will be doing river restoration works. More details will be sent once the project is confirmed.

Led by:  Mark Gallant (07740185228)
Meeting Time and Place:
10am, meet at Castle Farm, Castle Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 7UB

 

Thursday 26th – No Task

 

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.

 

We write a risk assessment for each task day, and a copy of this will be brought to the site and available for you to read if you wish.

 

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