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 – April 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. 

 

Thursday 1st – Wrotham Water, Nearest Postcode TN15 7JJ
We will be clearing scrub along with removing tree saplings using tree poppers.

Led by:  Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, Please meet at Hognore Lane or if wet meet at Wrotham Water Farm which is a 10–15-minute walk from site. Further directions sent as map.

 

Wednesday 7th – Wrotham Water, Nearest Postcode TN15 7JJ
We will be clearing scrub along with removing tree saplings using tree poppers.

Led by:  Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, Please meet at Hognore Lane or if wet meet at Wrotham Water Farm which is a 10–15-minute walk from site. Further directions sent as map.

 

Thursday 8th – Rectory Meadow, Hartley, Banckside Road, DA3 7RD

We will be cutting the meadow using brush cutters and raking up the arisings.

Led by:  Reece Evans (07986737712)
Meeting Time and Place:
10am, at the entrance to Rectory Meadow (gate at the end of Banckside Road)

 

Wednesday 14th – Rectory Meadow, Hartley, Banckside Road, DA3 7RD

We will be continuing to cut the meadow using brush cutters and raking up the arisings.

Led by:  Reece Evans (07986737712)
Meeting Time and Place:
10am, at the entrance to Rectory Meadow (gate at the end of Banckside Road)

 

Thursday 15th – Rectory Meadow, Hartley, Banckside Road, DA3 7RD

We will be continuing to cut the meadow using brush cutters and raking up the arisings.

Led by:  Reece Evans (07986737712)
Meeting Time and Place:
10am, at the entrance to Rectory Meadow (gate at the end of Banckside Road)

 

Wednesday 21st – Our Lady’s catholic primary school, Dartford, King Edward Ave, Darford DA1 2HZ

Lucy has a selection of tyres (including a tractor tyre) and a bug hotel which she needs help loading up at the yard and then unloading at the school. This would only be for a maximum of 1-2 hours. Doing this would greatly speed up the task the following day and means she can transport all the tools necessary. She would only need a few volunteers to help with this. If you would like to assist, please email Lucy to make arrangements lucy.sawyer-boyd@kent.gov.uk

 

Thursday 22nd – Our Lady’s catholic primary school, Dartford, King Edward Ave, Dartford DA1 2HZ

We will be creating a pond and bog garden in tyres, installing fairy doors, a bug hotel and nest boxes to enhance the school’s wildlife area.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

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

 

Wednesday 28thSwanscombe Heritage Park, 10 Madden Close, Swanscombe DA10 0DH

We will be installing fencing around the pond that is on site.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, car park near to Leisure Centre, Craylands Lane DA10 0LP

 

Thursday 29thSwanscombe Heritage Park, 10 Madden Close, Swanscombe DA10 0DH

We will be continuing to install the fencing around the pond that is on site.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, car park near to Leisure Centre, Craylands Lane DA10 0LP

 

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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