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 – January 2020

Wednesday 8th – Otford Mount

We will be raking up previously cut regrowth and potentially burning the arisings.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (mobile 07809334071)

 

Thursday 9th – Otford Mount

We will be continuing to rake up previously cut regrowth and potentially burning the arisings.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (mobile 07809334071)

 

Wednesday 15thDarent Project, King George’s Fields, Westerham

We will be coppicing the hazel along the riverbank at King George’s Fields, Westerham. If anyone wishes to meet on site there is a pay and display car park (Darenth Car Park, Westerham, Kent TN16 1BL) which is £3.50 for all day. Waders will be required so please let Mark know beforehand your shoe size if meeting directly on site.

Led by: Mark Gallant (mobile 07740185228)

 

Thursday 16thDarent Project, King George’s Fields, Westerham

We will be continuing to coppice the hazel along the riverbank at King George’s Fields, Westerham. If anyone wishes to meet on site there is a pay and display car park (Darenth Car Park, Westerham, Kent TN16 1BL) which is £3.50 for all day. Waders will be required so please let Mark know beforehand your shoe size if meeting directly on site.

Led by: Mark Gallant (mobile 07740185228)

 

Wednesday 22nd – St Mary’s Churchyard, Bexley

We will be putting up bat boxes and maybe doing some vegetation management.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (mobile 07809334071)

 

Thursday 23rd  – Enchanted Woodland, Cornwall Road, Dartford

We will be preparing the site for rotovation by clearing away scrub and brambles.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (mobile 07809334071)

 

Wednesday 29th – Enchanted Woodland, Cornwall Road, Dartford

We will be rotovating the site for the sowing of wildflower seeds.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (mobile 07809334071)

 

Thursday 30th – Enchanted Woodland, Cornwall Road, Dartford

We will be continuing to rotovate the site for the sowing of wildflower seeds.

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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