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 – October 2020

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 – No Task

 

Wednesday 7th – No Task

 

Thursday 8th – Enchanted Woodland (Joyce Green Cemetery), Cornwall Road, Dartford, DA1 5QE

We will be cutting and raking a small meadow area which has become overgrown with brambles.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (07714920321)
Meeting Time and Place:
10am, entrance to enchanted woodland

 

Wednesday 14th – Filston Stream, Shoreham

We will be working in partnership with the Campaign for Rural England (CPRE), and the Darent River Preservation Society (DRiPs) to enhance a tributary of the River Darent.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, outside the Mill Cottage, Shoreham Road, Shoreham, Sevenoaks TN14 7RP

Waders may be required so please let Mark know your foot size prior to the task via email at Mark.Gallant@kent.gov.uk

 

Thursday 15th – Filston Stream, Shoreham

We will be working in partnership with the Campaign for Rural England (CPRE), and the Darent River Preservation Society (DRiPs) to enhance a tributary of the River Darent.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, outside the Mill Cottage, Shoreham Road, Shoreham, Sevenoaks TN14 7RP

Waders may be required so please let Mark know your foot size prior to the task via email at Mark.Gallant@kent.gov.uk

 

Wednesday 21st – Rectory Meadow, Hartley, Banckside, DA3 7RD

We will be strimming and raking up the vegetation in the upper meadow.

Led by: Reece Evans (mobile 07976834447)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, Rectory Meadow site entrance (Banckside)

 

Thursday 22nd – St Mary’s Churchyard, Bexley DA5 3LX

We will be trimming hedges and clearing vegetation from the central area of the site.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (mobile 07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, on site (parking is very limited in the area)

 

Monday 26th – Farnborough Primary School, Farnborough Hill, Farnborough, Orpington, BR6 7EQ to be confirmed

We will be clearing away dense vegetation/scrub (brambles) and creating a dead hedge.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (mobile 07714920321)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, school car park

 

Tuesday 27th – Farnborough Primary School, Farnborough Hill, Farnborough, Orpington, BR6 7EQ to be confirmed

We will be continuing to clear away vegetation/scrub (brambles) and creating a dead hedge.

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, school car park

 

Wednesday 28th – Edenbridge Water Meadows, Coomb Field, Edenbridge, TN8 5HL

We will be strimming along the Mill Leat and where we planted the saplings last year and clearing away the cuttings.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (mobile 07714920321)

Meeting Time and Place: 10:30am, Edenbridge rugby club car park, TN8 5HL

 

Thursday 29th – Seal Primary School, Zambra Way, Seal, Sevenoaks, TN15 0DJ
to be confirmed

We will be rotavating the site to sow wildflowers, planting 12 trees, putting together 3 benches, and installing some metres of Sussex fencing.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (mobile 07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10:15am, school car park

 

Friday 30th – Seal Primary School, Zambra Way, Seal, Sevenoaks, TN15 0DJ
to be confirmed

We will be continuing with the work on site which will be rotavating the site to sow wildflowers, planting 12 trees, putting together 3 benches, and installing some metres of Sussex fencing.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (mobile 07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10:15am, school car park

 

 

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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