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 – November 2022

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 2nd – 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 3rd – 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 9th  – Telegraph Hill, The Larches, Higham, ME3 7NQ

We will be cutting scrub on site.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, meet at gate at the end of The Larches (parking available in surrounding residential streets). There are no facilities available on site.

What3words: ///dared.guilty.points

https://goo.gl/maps/iv3SfrU8SFrNe7FAA

 

Thursday 10th – Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) Project clean-up/survey on the River Shuttle (Sidcup Golf Course towards Bexley Woods)

We will be working in partnership with the Friends of the Shuttle, to carry out a clean-up/survey on the River Shuttle starting at Sidcup Golf Course (Oakley Park/Viewfield Road) downstream towards Bexley Woods.

Let Mark know your wader size (foot size) prior to the 10th of November.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 9am at the yard in Hall Place or 10am if meeting on site. Contact Mark to receive meeting point details.

 

Wednesday 16th – No Task

 

Thursday 17th – Telegraph Hill, The Larches, Higham, ME3 7NQ

We will be cutting scrub on site.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, meet at gate at the end of The Larches (parking available in surrounding residential streets). There are no facilities available on site.

What3words: ///dared.guilty.points

https://goo.gl/maps/iv3SfrU8SFrNe7FAA

 

Wednesday 23rd – St Mary’s Cemetery, Bexley DA5 3LX

We will be cutting bramble on site and raking.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, the entrance to the cemetery can be accessed via the black gates on Manor Road (just before the sand and ballast business). There is limited parking on site and no toilets available.

What3words Meeting Point: ///sheep.buzz.codes

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Thursday 24th  – Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) Project clean-up/survey on the River Shuttle (Bexley Woods towards the confluence with the River Cray)

We will be working in partnership with the Friends of the Shuttle, to carry out a clean-up/survey on the River Shuttle starting at Bexley Woods (Elmwood Drive) downstream towards the confluence with the River Cray.

Let Mark know your wader size (foot size) prior to the 24th of November.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 9am at the yard in Hall Place or 10am if meeting on site. Contact Mark to receive meeting point details.

 

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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