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 – May 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. 

 

Wednesday 5th – No Task

 

Thursday 6th – Belvedere Community Centre, Mitchell Close, Belvedere DA17 6AA
To Be Confirmed

We will be making repairs to the polytunnel that got damaged.

Led by:  Stephanie Johnson (07714920321)
Meeting Time and Place:
10am, at the entrance to community centre, there is limited street parking.

 

Tuesday 11th – King Henry School, Avenue Road, Erith, DA8 3BN

To Be Confirmed

We will be making repairs to the polytunnels on site.

Led by:  Stephanie Johnson (07714920321)
Meeting Time and Place:
10am, at the entrance to the school, I will find out whether we can use the school car park for parking.

 

Wednesday 12th – Hall Place and Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, DA5 1PQ

We will be constructing insect hotels for our project at Our Lady’s School in Dartford.

Led by:  Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)
Meeting Time and Place:
10am, at the entrance to our yard in Hall Place.

 

Thursday 13th – Preston Farm, Shoreham Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 7UD

We will be harvesting water crowfoot from the River Darent at Preston Farm.

Please let either Steph or Mark know your boot size beforehand as waders will be required.

Access to Preston Farm is located on Shoreham Road (A225), it is a private road so you will need to stop at the automatic barrier and push the button to raise it. Follow the road down, until you reach a fork in the road, take the fork to the right and follow it down until you reach the Down To Earth tree surgeons’ yard and offices. Parking is located towards the back of their offices to the left, at the back of the big barn (maps available)

Led by:  Mark Gallant (07740185228)
Meeting Time and Place:
10am, meet in parking area.

 

Wednesday 19th – Westerham

Planting water crowfoot in the Upper Darent at Westerham.

Darent car park is a pay and display car park and charges can be found here: https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sevenoaks.gov.uk%2Fdirectory_record%2F22%2Fwesterham_town_centre_darent_tn16_1td&data=04%7C01%7CStephanie.Johnson%40kent.gov.uk%7Ce67d428655e942869b4108d90b01b54d%7C3253a20dc7354bfea8b73e6ab37f5f90%7C0%7C0%7C637552924493101426%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=ZdJnOLRi3Hw3IyMkF8u%2BovOyUaaWTEoqSrPk3J2qRV0%3D&reserved=0

If you do need to pay for parking we can reimburse you but will require the ticket as a receipt.

Please let either Steph or Mark know your boot size beforehand as waders will be required.

Led by:  Mark Gallant (07740185228)
Meeting Time and Place:
10am, Darent Car Park, 6 Hollingworth Way, Westerham, TN16 1BS

 

Thursday 20th – Farnborough Primary School, Farnborough, Orpington, BR6 7EQ
To be confirmed

We will be preparing the garden area for the laying of turf, this will involve removing old decking, weeds and grass and potentially spreading topsoil.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (07714920321)

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

 

Wednesday 26th – No Task

 

Thursday 27th – Farnborough Primary School, Farnborough, Orpington, BR6 7EQ
To be confirmed

We will be laying down turf over the area we prepared the previous week.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (07714920321)

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

 

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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