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. Currently we are only able to transport a maximum of 3 volunteers in one of our vehicles due to covid, and are asking that anyone able to make their own way to site does so. 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 2022

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 the staff member leading the task know if you plan to attend so they can bring enough tools on the day. 

 

Wednesday 6th – Otford Mount, Coombe Road, Otford, Sevenoaks, TN14 5RJ

We will be doing scrub clearance and raking up the arisings.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, parking on Coombe Road.

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Thursday 7th – Otford Mount, Coombe Road, Otford, Sevenoaks, TN14 5RJ

We will be continuing to clear scrub and rake up the arisings.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, parking on Coombe Road.

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Wednesday 13thSt Katherines School Suburban Urban Drainage (SUD`s) and rain garden project / To Be Confirmed

We will be working in the grounds of St. Katherines School in Stodland, planting trees, sowing wildflower seed and planting wildflower plugs on the newly created flood alleviation features.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740185228)
Meeting Time and Place:
10:15am, at the school (lifts in the Landrover are available, otherwise there is unrestricted parking in the local roads)

 

Thursday 14thSt Katherines School Suburban Urban Drainage (SUD`s) and rain garden project / To Be Confirmed

We will be continuing to work in the grounds of St. Katherines School in Stodland, planting trees, sowing wildflower seed and planting wildflower plugs on the newly created flood alleviation features.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740185228)
Meeting Time and Place:
10:15am, at the school

 

Wednesday 20th – St Mary’s Churchyard, Manor Road, Bexley, DA5 3LY

We will be doing cutting the grass on site and raking.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, at the churchyard (black gates at end of Manor Road, there is limited parking on site)

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Thursday 21stSt Katherines School Suburban Urban Drainage (SUD`s) and rain garden project / To Be Confirmed

We will be continuing to work in the grounds of St. Katherines School in Stodland, planting trees, sowing wildflower seed and planting wildflower plugs on the newly created flood alleviation features.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740185228)
Meeting Time and Place:
10:15am, at the school

 

Wednesday 27th – Tool Sharpening/Spring Clean Day

We will be tidying up the shed and tool container along with sharpening and maintaining our tools.

Led by: All staff

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, the yard at Hall Place, Bexley

 

Thursday 28th – St Mary’s Churchyard, Manor Road, Bexley, DA5 3LY

We will be continuing to cut and rake the grass on site.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, at the churchyard (black gates at end of Manor Road, there is limited parking on site)

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Meeting point = ///sheep.buzz.codes

Entrance gate = ///sushi.mole.washed

 

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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