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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 – January 2023

Reminder: Please let the staff member leading the task know if you plan to attend so they can bring enough tools on the day.

 

Wednesday 4th – Ruxley Gravel Pits, Edgington Way, Orpington, BR5 3HY

We will be clearing scrub and burning the arisings on a bonfire.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, the gate must be kept locked, if there is no-one there to open it, please call Lucy’s mobile. Follow the track and park underneath the A20. Plenty of parking and with toilets available at the local Tesco.

What3words:

Entrance: ///noises.sheet.reject

Parking: ///hopes.gender.gums

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/S2NBZUfT2mTkbgX17

 

Thursday 5th – Ruxley Gravel Pits, Edgington Way, Orpington, BR5 3HY

We will be clearing scrub and burning the arisings on a bonfire.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, the gate must be kept locked, if there is no-one there to open it, please call Lucy’s mobile. Follow the track and park underneath the A20. Plenty of parking and with toilets available at the local Tesco.

What3words:

Entrance: ///noises.sheet.reject

Parking: ///hopes.gender.gums

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/S2NBZUfT2mTkbgX17

 

Wednesday 11th – Rectory Meadow, Hartley, Banckside Road, DA3 7RD

We will be cutting along the meadow edges along with maintaining footpaths and coppicing in the woodland.

Led by: Reece Evans (mobile 07986737712)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, at the entrance to Rectory Meadow (gate at the end of Banckside Road)

 

Thursday 12th – Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) Project, Central Park, Cranford Road, Dartford DA1 1JP

We will be litter picking and conducting a survey in partnership with Our Lady School, Incentive FM and Dartford borough council.

Let Mark know if you need a lift prior to the 12th of January

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: Meet in the yard at Hall Place at 8:30am. If you wish to meet us on site at 9:30am please meet by the bandstand in Central Park, Cranford Road, Dartford, DA1 1JP. There is a small (free) car park near the Cranford Road entrance at the southern end of the park (next to Fairfield Pool) or a pay and display car park in Acacia car park, 82 High Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1: https://www.parkme.com/en-gb/lot/140574/acacia-car-park-dartford-uk

 

Saturday 14th – Ruxley Gravel Pits, Edgington Way, Orpington, BR5 3HY

We will be working with the Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers to clear scrub and will be burning the arisings on a bonfire.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, the gate must be kept locked, if there is no-one there to open it, please call Lucy’s mobile. Follow the track and park underneath the A20. Plenty of parking and with toilets available at the local Tesco.

What3words:

Entrance: ///noises.sheet.reject

Parking: ///hopes.gender.gums

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/S2NBZUfT2mTkbgX17

 

Wednesday 18th – Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) Project Thames Foreshore and Saxon Shoreway (Shoremead Fort towards Cliffe Fort)

We will be litter picking and conducting surveys along the River Thames.

Let Mark know your wader size (foot size) prior to the 16th of January.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: Meet in the yard at Hall Place at 9am. If you wish to meet us on site at 10am there is parking available at the end of Canal Road, Rochester ME3 7JA (near the Little Peckers sandwich bar). Wellies maybe required as the muddy foreshore maybe soft.

 

Thursday 19th – Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) Project Thames Foreshore and Saxon Shoreway (Shoremead Fort towards Cliffe Fort)

We will be returning if work is still leftover to continue the litter picking and surveys along the River Thames.

Let Mark know your wader size (foot size) prior to the 16th of January.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: Meet in the yard at Hall Place at 9am. If you wish to meet us on site at 10am there is parking available at the end of Canal Road, Rochester ME3 7JA (near the Little Peckers sandwich bar). Wellies maybe required as the muddy foreshore maybe soft.

 

Wednesday 25th – Ruxley Gravel Pits, Edgington Way, Orpington, BR5 3HY

We will be clearing scrub and burning the arisings on a bonfire.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, the gate must be kept locked, if there is no-one there to open it, please call Lucy’s mobile. Follow the track and park underneath the A20. Plenty of parking and with toilets available at the local Tesco.

What3words:

Entrance: ///noises.sheet.reject

Parking: ///hopes.gender.gums

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/S2NBZUfT2mTkbgX17

 

Thursday 26th – Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) Project Thames Road Wetland along byway 106 towards Crayford

We will be doing a litter pick along with conducting a survey as part of this project.

Let Mark know if you require a lift prior to the 26th of January.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: Meet at the yard at Hall Place at 9am. If you wish to meet us on site (10am) there is limited free parking available at the northern end of the B2186 Crayford Way/Mill Lane, Barnes Cray or in local roads (see attached map).

 

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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