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: Work Experience and Under 18s Volunteering

 

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

Volunteer Project Programme – June 2024

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 5thSt Johns Primary School, Bayham Rd, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3XD

We will be creating a Forest School area for the school. This will include creating log benches and installing poles for hammocks.

Led by: Nina Skinner (07816128553)

Meeting Time and Place: 9am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10am at reception if meeting at the school. There is no parking for additional vehicles inside the school but there is free parking on Bayham Road, Kennedy Gardens and the surrounding streets.

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Thursday 6th – Westcourt Primary School, Silver Rd, Gravesend DA12 4JG

We will be continuing the creation of an outdoor play area and wildlife zone at the school. We will also be working on the wetland area by creating small ponds and bogs.

Led by: Nina Skinner (07816128553)

Meeting Time and Place: 9am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10am at reception if meeting at the school. Parking either in the school or along Jubilee Cresent.

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Wednesday 12th – Telegraph Hill, The Larches, Higham, ME3 7NQ

We will be completing survey work on the site.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 9am at the yard in Hall Place or if travelling directly to site 10am. Parking on The Larches and other residential roads. Meet at gate at the end of The Larches. No toilets on site.

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Thursday 13thTask To Be Confirmed

Nina will be taking this task day, and it will either be at St John’s School or Westcourt School. She will notify everyone nearer the time the location and details, as she won’t know until later which school project will need the additional day.

 

 

Wednesday 19th – River Darent at Park Farm (Brasted)

We will be working in partnership with the Darent River Preservation Society (DRiPS) to continue removing invasive Himalayan Balsam from the Upper Darent.

For those meeting on site, please let Mark know your shoe size for waders by Tuesday 18th.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 9am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10:15am in the carpark at Brasted Recreation Ground (Westerham Road, Brasted, TN16 1HJ) if meeting on site.

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Thursday 20th – River Darent at Park Farm (Brasted)

We will be working in partnership with the Darent River Preservation Society (DRiPS) to continue removing invasive Himalayan Balsam from the Upper Darent.

For those meeting on site, please let Mark know your shoe size for waders by Tuesday 18th.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 9am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10:15am in the carpark at Brasted Recreation Ground (Westerham Road, Brasted, TN16 1HJ) if meeting on site.

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Wednesday 26th – River Darent at Castle Farm (Eynsford)

We will be working in partnership with the Darent Trout Fishers, to install flow deflectors etc… in the channel at Castle Farm.

For those meeting on site, please let Mark know your shoe size for waders by Tuesday 25th. As we will be working in the river, spare clothes are advisable.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 9am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10:15am at the Darent Trout Fishers parking area at Castle Farm (see attached map). Castle Farm entrance is down a private drive directly off the A225, halfway between the villages of Shoreham and Eynsford, or via Redmans Lane, near Lullingstone Visitor Centre. The postcode of TN14 7UB can be inaccurate, and take you to the wrong entrance – so follow local signage, or use this link via Google Maps https://maps.app.goo.gl/YN4VshDa3x2j5bYK9

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Thursday 27th – River Darent at Castle Farm (Eynsford)

We will be working in partnership with the Darent Trout Fishers, to install flow deflectors etc… in the channel at Castle Farm.

For those meeting on site, please let Mark know your shoe size for waders by Tuesday 25th. As we will be working in the river, spare clothes are advisable.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 9am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10:15am at the Darent Trout Fishers parking area at Castle Farm (see attached map). Castle Farm entrance is down a private drive directly off the A225, halfway between the villages of Shoreham and Eynsford, or via Redmans Lane, near Lullingstone Visitor Centre. The postcode of TN14 7UB can be inaccurate, and take you to the wrong entrance – so follow local signage, or use this link via Google Maps https://maps.app.goo.gl/YN4VshDa3x2j5bYK9

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