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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 – August 2022

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

 

Tuesday 2ndPalace Park Wood, Otford Cemetery Car Park, Otford, TN14 5PR

We will be finishing off installing the plastic boardwalk on site that we started last month.

Led by: Lucy Sawyer-Boyd (07809334071)

Meeting Time and Place: 10am, meet at Otford Cemetery Car Park (Coming from Otford on A225, look for cemetery sign just after the VW dealership, just before the road turns into dual carriageway)

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Wednesday 3rd  – Preston Farm, Shoreham Road, Shoreham, Sevenoaks TN14 7UD

We will be pulling up Himalayan Balsam along the River Darent. Himalayan Balsam is a non-native invasive species. Please let Mark know your wader size (shoe size) by the 1st of August

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 8:45am if needing a lift from Hall Place. If travelling directly to the site please meet at 10:15am at the Darent Trout Fishers car park (please see map for directions). To raise the barrier at the entrance to Preston Farm please press the button located on the post on the right-hand side of the track.

 

Thursday 4th – Trinity School, Erith Rd, Belvedere DA17 6HT

We will be starting to dig a pond on site. Its going to be a large pond so will take a few days to get it dug before we go onto line it and fill it.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (07816128570)

Meeting Time and Place: 9:20am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10am if meeting at school. There is limited parking along Erith Road and we can also park inside the school car park as well. Toilets will be available at the school.

 

Wednesday 10th – Westminster Fields Car Park, Horton Kirby, Dartford DA4 9GR

We will be pulling up Himalayan Balsam (a non-native invasive species) on site along with a general clean up of the River Darent. Please let Mark know your wader size (shoe size) by the 8th of August

Led by: Mark Gallant (07740 185228)

Meeting Time and Place: 8:45am if needing a lift from Hall Place. If travelling directly to the site please meet at 10am at the Westminster Fields Car Park.

 

Thursday 11th – Trinity School, Erith Rd, Belvedere DA17 6HT

We will be continuing to dig a pond on site. It’s going to be a large pond so will take a few days to get it dug before we go onto line it and fill it.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (07816128570)

Meeting Time and Place: 9:20am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10am if meeting at school. There is limited parking along Erith Road and we can also park inside the school car park as well. Toilets will be available at the school.

 

Wednesday 17th – Trinity School, Erith Rd, Belvedere DA17 6HT

We will be continuing to dig a pond on site. It’s going to be a large pond so will take a few days to get it dug before we go onto line it and fill it.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (07816128570)

Meeting Time and Place: 9:20am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10am if meeting at school. There is limited parking along Erith Road and we can also park inside the school car park as well. Toilets will be available at the school.

 

Thursday 18th – Trinity School, Erith Rd, Belvedere DA17 6HT

We will be continuing to dig a pond on site. It’s going to be a large pond so will take a few days to get it dug before we go onto line it and fill it.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (07816128570)

Meeting Time and Place: 9:20am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10am if meeting at school. There is limited parking along Erith Road and we can also park inside the school car park as well. Toilets will be available at the school.

 

Tuesday 23rd – St Josephs’ School, 104 Old Rd, Dartford DA1 4DZ

We will be planting plants and shrubs on site, clearing out woody plants from planters, installing bird boxes and clearing a pathway through a patch of brambles.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (07816128570)

Meeting Time and Place: 9:10am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 9:30 am if meeting at the school. There is limited parking along Old Road and Chapel Hill.

 

Wednesday 24th – Trinity School, Erith Rd, Belvedere DA17 6HT

We will be depending on progress be installing underlay and liner into the pond and filling it up.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (07816128570)

Meeting Time and Place: 9:20am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10am if meeting at school. There is limited parking along Erith Road and we can also park inside the school car park as well. Toilets will be available at the school.

 

Thursday 25th  – Trinity School, Erith Rd, Belvedere DA17 6HT

We will be depending on progress be installing underlay and liner into the pond and filling it up.

Led by: Stephanie Johnson (07816128570)

Meeting Time and Place: 9:20am if needing a lift from Hall Place or 10am if meeting at school. There is limited parking along Erith Road and we can also park inside the school car park as well. Toilets will be available at the school.

 

 

Wednesday 31st – Rectory Meadow, Hartley, Banckside Road, DA3 7RD

We will be cutting the meadow on site and raking up the arisings.

Led by: Reece Evans (mobile 07986737712)

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

 

 

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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