29/09/2016

What’s On

There are lots of fantastic environmental events happening locally every week including talks, walks and ad-hoc volunteering on conservation work parties/days and gardening activities. Please contact the event organisers for further information.

Use the ‘categories’ to select the type of activity and the ‘Tags’ for the specific themes i.e. Friendly Parks for All, a programme of activities for people with dementia and their carers.

Please see this page for information on different types of volunteering in the environmental sector.

Apr
28
Fri
Heathrow expansion – explained
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Residents confused about the impact that expanding Heathrow will have on the borough are invited to a public meeting to find out more.
Organised by The Teddington Action Group (TAG), a public meeting will help inform people about the real impact of a bigger Heathrow. It is hoped that the meeting will help residents participate in the current consultation on the airport.
The event will be on 28 April 2017 from 7.30 to 9.30pm at Worship Hall, Teddington Baptist Church, 17 Church Road, Teddington TW11 8PF.
Please click here for more information
Apr
29
Sat
Nature Trail at Bushy Park
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join Friends of Bushy and Home Parks on a Nature Trail in the Woodland Gardens on Saturday, 29th April form 10:30 am. The events welcomes families with children ages 5- 11 years.

For more information please email Jean Cliff

Apr
30
Sun
Conservation Day at Crane Park Island Nature Reserve with LWT
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Crane Park Island is a London Wildlife Trust designated Local Nature Reserve located in Crane Park in Whitton in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Volunteer conservation days are run on every last Sunday of the month to maintain and enhance the natural environment around the island.

The workday hours are from 10.30am to 3.30pm (or thereabouts) with a break for lunch.

Meet at the small building next to the Shot Tower in Crane Park in Whitton

There is no need to book and you don’t have to commit for a whole day — even if you can only spare an hour or two you will always be welcome. Afternoon sessions start around 1.30pm. with activities including general habitat maintenance and improvement, and keeping paths, etc. clear and safe for visitors, and other tasks to age and ability as needed.

The workdays are not suitable for very young children but older children might enjoy them. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Wear old clothes (be prepared to get muddy on occasions) and strong footwear (it is a good idea to bring wellies if you have them, although we have a selection), bring water, especially in summer, and bring lunch if you are thinking of staying all day, as it is quite a walk to the nearest shop. We provide tea or coffee at lunchtime. All tools and equipment are provided.

Group Gardening Session with Kington Permaculture Reserve
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm

Join Kingston Permaculture Reserve for an afternoon of gardening with soup over the fire  (bring food to share)

Various tasks are taking place and will be discussed on the day

To stay up to date with KPR, join their Facebook Group

Please wear stout footwear and protective clothing. This site is uneven underfoot and the bramble thorns vicious! Secateurs, lobbers and leather gardening gloves are ideal and a safety precaution.

DIRECTIONS TO THE SITE Kingston Permaculture Reserve (KPR). KT5 9QP

At Tolworth roundabout turn into Barnsbury Lane. Right at Hazel Bank, left at Alpine Avenue and follow signs for Knollmead Primary School. Leave vehicle on the road and walk into allotment site.
Keep to the right, Turn right at T-junction (compost bins made of pallets)  and the site is at the end of the track through our woven
gate. Please avoid driving on site.

About the Garden:

The site was designed over 20 years ago using the Permaculture philosophy of combining gardening and nature conservation.
It is a beautiful mature garden which is a pleasure to be in even if you just come for tea break  and explore the forest garden!

 

 

 

Springtime Safari 2017 for children and families
Apr 30 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Springtime Safari

Sunday 30th April from 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Orleans House Gallery and Grounds, Twickenham Riverside TW1 3DJ

A partnership project between South West London Environment Network and Orleans House Gallery to share the excitement and the importance of nature and biodiversity in Richmond Borough.

FREE!

Springtime Safari brings you close up to nature. We’re back again this year for another wonderful activity-packed afternoon of creatures, wildlife, pondlife, arts and crafts, and stories for children and families on the Sunday afternoon of the Spring Bank Holiday.

* A mini safari around the woodland trail with creatures you can see close up – follow our special map to meet and learn about fascinating creatures like hedgehogs, bees, beetles and eels

* Visit The Nature Collection, the extraordinary traveling natural history museum with skulls, feathers, bones and curiosities that will amaze you

* Learn to identify beautiful wildflowers

* Wild Education Forest School with outdoor activities

* Meet the local voluntary wildlife organisations that help care for wild animals and plants including Friends of the River Crane Environment, ZSL’s rivers and eels project, Twickenham Beekeepers and Sue Kidger’s Hedgehog Rescue.

* Nature-inspired arts and crafts with Orleans Gallery in the Coach House

* Entertaining and exciting outdoor story times with Richmond Library Service

* Information about how you can get involved with your local green space

There’s lots to see and learn about for children of all ages – and it’s all free!

See you there!

May
2
Tue
Growing Together – Community Gardening with Friends of Barnes Common
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join FoBC on Tuesday mornings at Vine Road Recreation Ground SW13 0NE.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a rewarding activity outdoors and meet new people!

All ages welcomed on the following times:

10.15 – 11.00 Under 5’s

11.00 – 13.00 Adults and older children

To keep up to date with the latest information and all activities run by the friends please click here to visit their website.

 

 

Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
May 2 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This is a regular drop in session for those who want to improve their skills and meet fellow gardeners while helping restore Strawberry Hill House gardens to their original picturesque design.

When: Every Tuesday from 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Where: Strawberry Hill House Garden, 268 Waldegrave Road,
Twickenham, TW1 4ST

Meet at the community garden or in the poly-tunnel if wet.  Tasks involve watering, seed sowing, pruning and helping to prepare materials. Volunteers can enjoy a break with tea and biscuits

For more information about Strawberry Hill House, please click here to visit their website. 

 

🌸Green Drinks
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Green Drinks on the first Tuesday of every month from 6pm at: The Eel Pie, 9-11, Church St, Twickenham TW1 3NJ

Green Drinks is a social event open to all environmentally conscious people living, working or volunteering locally. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month.
We gather from about 6pm till 9ish with people dropping in and out. Sometimes we stay later and sometimes we stay till closing time. Please look for the little green drink picture on our table, shown below. Food is served in The Eel Pie so you can pop by for a soft drink and a bite to eat. Further information about Twickenham Green Drinks, can be found on SWLEN Green Drinks webpage.
There are over 100 Green Drinks networks around the world and in other locations around London, details of these can be found on the Green Drinks website. We subscribe to the Green Drinks Code.

 

May
3
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
May 3 @ 9:45 am – 12:30 pm

Join the volunteer gardeners at Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, to help look after the gardens and woodland grounds.

When: Wednesday mornings from 9.45am to 12.30pm

Where: Orleans House Garden, Orleans House on Twickenham Riverside.

The morning is led by an experienced gardener Joy Lee, with a small and friendly group. The sessions always happen unless the weather is very wet.

You can email Joy for more information, or just turn up at the start of the session at 9.45am and find Joy at the gardening tool shed behind the main gallery at Orleans House.

To find out more about Orleans House Gallery and to get directions, pelse visit their website.

 

 

Nature’s Gym Wednesdays
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Take part in practical nature conservation activities around Richmond’s local parks, nature reserves and open spaces with Nature’s Gym every Wednesday from 10am to 1pm.

These are an excellent way to become fitter and healthier while doing something positive for you and for your local environment. Please click here to see the different locations where the Nature’s Gym activities take place.

 

Nature’s Gym is free, fun and no experience is needed. The sessions are catered for a range of abilities and there are usually a variety of tasks to carry out. It is a great way to visit local sites that you may not know about and lend a helping hand to improve the parks and nature reserves in the Borough.

These sessions are run by Glendale’s Nature Conservation Officer at different locations. For more information on activities and where they take place, please contact Glendale Nature Conservation Officer: 07825 860 45, or visit Nature’s Gym website.

Conservation Day with TCV
May 3 @ 10:15 am – 4:00 pm

Fancy getting involved in practical conservation projects and being outdoors?  Join The Conservation Volunteers and their Biodiversity Action Team in Richmond and Hounslow.

They have projects running on Wednesdays, Thursdays and occasional weekends.  Meeting at The Embankment, Twickenham, TW1 3DU at the garage almost opposite the footbridge to Eel Pie  Island at 9.55am or at 10.20ish at the site, returning by around 4pm.

Walk and Talk: ‘Trees and Things’ with FoBC
May 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Friends of Barnes Common for a walk on ‘Trees and Things’ to explore the Common and learn more about our trees and folklore.  The walk lasts about an hour, with tea and biscuits at the end.

Event in partnership with FiSH Neighbourhood Care

For more information please visit FoBC website or email them

May
4
Thu
Conservation Day with TCV
May 4 @ 10:15 am – 4:00 pm

Fancy getting involved in practical conservation projects and being outdoors? Join The Conservation Volunteers and their Biodiversity Action Team in Richmond and Hounslow.

They have projects running on Wednesdays, Thursdays and occasional weekends. Meeting at The Embankment, Twickenham, TW1 3DU at the garage almost opposite the footbridge to Eel Pie Island at 9.55am or at 10.20ish at the site, returning by around 4pm.

Nature’s Gym Thursdays
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Take part in practical nature conservation activities around Richmond’s local parks, nature reserves and open spaces with Nature’s Gym every Thursday from 10am to 1pm.

These are an excellent way to become fitter and healthier while doing something positive for you and for your local environment. Please click here to see the different locations where the Nature’s Gym activities take place.

Nature’s Gym is free, fun and no experience is needed. The sessions are catered for a range of abilities and there are usually a variety of tasks to carry out. It is a great way to visit local sites that you may not know about and lend a helping hand to improve the parks and nature reserves in the Borough.

These sessions are run by Glendale’s Nature Conservation Officer at different locations. For more information on activities and where they take place, please contact Glendale Nature Conservation Officer: 07825 860 45, or visit Nature’s Gym website.

May
6
Sat
Friends of School House Lane Orchard Work Morning
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the Friends of School House Lane Orchards  for a workday. The Group needs as much help as possible with conservation activities and everyone, whatever their age or experience are invited to come and join in. It’s fun, rewarding and a good chance to catch up with the neighbours!

When: Meet on every first Saturday of the month at 10am. Please contact David at david.harnden@btinternet.com as if the weather is too bad the session could be moved to Sunday instead.

Where: School House Lane Orchard

School House Lane, Teddington, TW11 9DP

 

For more information go to the Friends of School House Lane Orchards website and learn more about this special community green space which has consistently won Green Flag Awards.

Talk: ‘Happenings on the Heath’ with FORCE
May 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Hunting, horse racing, military reviews, duels, Kings, soldiers, botanist, extreme pedestrian – it all happened on the Heath ! Come along and join us for a presentation and historical tales of happenings on Hounslow Heath.

This talk is arranged by FORCE with Katy Cox. It is being held in the classroom on the second floor of the Shot Tower in Crane Park, where access is only via stairs. We look forward to seeing you.  The event is free but booking essential as numbers are limited .

Please note that the “Shot Tower” is on the north side of the River Crane accessible by foot from the Hanworth Road (TW4 5NX) in the west and the Great Chertsey Road (TW2 6DF) in the east. Nearest vehicular access is from Ellerman Road (TW2 6AR). There is no direct access to Crane Park Island or the “Shot Tower” from the south bank of the River Crane.

 

For more information please visit Friends of the River Crane Environment community website

Walk: Dawn Chorus with Friends of Barnes Common
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Join Friends of Barnes Common on their  Dawn Chorus with Adrian Podmore.  Meet at 5.00am at Rocks Lane Car Park (by the Old Cemetery/Tennis Courts)

May
9
Tue
Growing Together – Community Gardening with Friends of Barnes Common
May 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join FoBC on Tuesday mornings at Vine Road Recreation Ground SW13 0NE.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a rewarding activity outdoors and meet new people!

All ages welcomed on the following times:

10.15 – 11.00 Under 5’s

11.00 – 13.00 Adults and older children

To keep up to date with the latest information and all activities run by the friends please click here to visit their website.

 

 

Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
May 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This is a regular drop in session for those who want to improve their skills and meet fellow gardeners while helping restore Strawberry Hill House gardens to their original picturesque design.

When: Every Tuesday from 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Where: Strawberry Hill House Garden, 268 Waldegrave Road,
Twickenham, TW1 4ST

Meet at the community garden or in the poly-tunnel if wet.  Tasks involve watering, seed sowing, pruning and helping to prepare materials. Volunteers can enjoy a break with tea and biscuits

For more information about Strawberry Hill House, please click here to visit their website. 

 

May
10
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
May 10 @ 9:45 am – 12:30 pm

Join the volunteer gardeners at Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, to help look after the gardens and woodland grounds.

When: Wednesday mornings from 9.45am to 12.30pm

Where: Orleans House Garden, Orleans House on Twickenham Riverside.

The morning is led by an experienced gardener Joy Lee, with a small and friendly group. The sessions always happen unless the weather is very wet.

You can email Joy for more information, or just turn up at the start of the session at 9.45am and find Joy at the gardening tool shed behind the main gallery at Orleans House.

To find out more about Orleans House Gallery and to get directions, pelse visit their website.