29/09/2016

What’s On

Find environmental events happening locally every week including talks, walks and ad-hoc volunteering or conservation work parties/days and gardening activities. Please contact the event organisers for further information. See this page for information on the different types/descriptions of volunteering in the environmental sector.

Use the ‘categories’ to select the type of activity i.e. ‘walks’ ‘conservation’ and the ‘tags’ for the specific themes i.e. ‘Great British Spring Clean Up (2nd – 25th March), Love Parks Week (13th – 20th July) National City Park Week (21st – 29th July) and ‘Friendly Parks for All‘, a programme of activities for people with dementia and their carers which runs throughout the year in Richmond upon Thames Borough.

May is National Walking Month and to encourage people to take advantage of the beautiful parks and walking routes in Richmond Borough, here are some great resources!

For environmental themed walks across the borough, please see our calendar below or check: Richmond Health Walks Walk This Way (discovery walks for families) – Walks by Friends of Richmond Park

Jul
20
Fri
Friendly Parks for All activity at Barnes Green
Jul 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join the program Friendly Parks for All at Barnes Green. Church Road, London, SW13 9HE.

Meeting place – Totem pole beside the pond.

This is an opportunity to get outside and make use of your local parks.

These are sociable activities for people to spend more time outdoors and benefit from fresh air, nature and meet with others.

All activities are free and there is no need to book. Carers are welcome:

 

Friendly Parks For All (varios locations)
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Friendly Parks for All project aims to improve opportunities for all residents in London Borough of Richmond to enjoy and benefit from the natural environment.

In addition to Barnes Green, and Heathfield Recreation Ground we are now working with the Friends of Ham Village Green and local organisations in Ham to provide a Friendly Park for All on Ham Village Green.
Check the program below containing all activities which are free of charge and no booking is required.

Please contact Frances Bennett outdoor.learning@outlook.com or parks@richmond.gov.uk for more information

Jul
23
Mon
Coffee Morning with the Real Junk Food Project @ ETNA Centre – East Twickenham
Jul 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

Join  The Real Junk Food Project coffee morning every Monday 11.00am to 1.00pm at E.T.N.A. Community Centre.

Enjoy delicious safe-to-eat sandwiches, pastries, tea and coffee and Pay as you Feel

Come and see for yourself this wonderful project that seeks to reduce food waste.

💗

Jul
24
Tue
Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
Jul 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham @ Strawberry Hill House | England | United Kingdom

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.

 

Jul
25
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:45 pm
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside @ Orleans House Garden, Orleans House | England | United Kingdom

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

Come along every Wednesday mornings from 10.00 am to 12.30pm

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 just before 10 am and find Joy at the gardening tool shed behind the main gallery at Orleans House.

 

Gardening Session at KEC, Kingston
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join keen gardeners at Kingston Environmental Centre on  Wednesdays at 10:00-14:00. Meet at  1 Kingston Rd, New Malden, KT3 3PE, in the green area in front of the centre. Tools and gloves are provided so anyone who wants to take part just needs to think about suitable footwear and clothes dependant on the weather.

 

Wednesdays Conservation Work Party with FoBC
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join Friends of Barnes Common on every Wednesday from 10.00 to 12.30pm for a conservation morning at different locations across the Common.

Tasks are quite likely to change to meet weather conditions, numbers of volunteers and other more urgent work commitments that may arise.

Please let the friends know you are joining so they can make sure they have enough gloves, tools – and tea n biscuits, of course! Always dress for mess –  with good protection against arms or legs getting scratched. Footwear should be appropriate to the task, ideally reinforced boots or as sturdy possible. Protective equipment suitable to task is provided and must be worn if advised. Safety training/familiarisation with tasks and tools is provided at the start of each session.

Please click here to visit FoBC website for more information

Butterfly Walk along the River Crane with FORCE
Jul 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Come along to Mereway Nature Park beside the River Crane for a fun morning learning about butterflies with Friends fo the River Crane Environment (FORCE). This event specifically arranged to help you take part in the Big Butterfly Count which takes place between 20th July and 12th August as you learn to identify butterflies in our local area with expert Jack McCrickard from TCV. Butterflies don’t like wet and windy weather but if the weather is bad on the day the walk will still go ahead highlighting where they are located and interesting facts about them.  You can like FORCE’S facebook page for the latest updates.

Please come along with sturdy footwear, and in clothing suitable for the weather on that day. Also bring water and suncream as we hope it will be a glorious sunny day! Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Please register here

This walk is organised by FORCE as part of a series of walks and talks in the local area.

Jul
27
Fri
Friendly Parks for All activity at Heathfield Recreation Ground
Jul 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join the program, Friendly Parks for all at Heathfield Recreation Ground, Powder Mill Lane, Twickenham, TW2 6EG

Meeting place – beside children’s playground.

This is an opportunity to get outside and make use of your local parks.

These are sociable activities for people to spend more time outdoors and benefit from fresh air, nature and meeting new people.

All activities are free and there is no need to book. Carers are welcome:

Friendly Parks For All (varios locations)
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Friendly Parks for All project aims to improve opportunities for all residents in London Borough of Richmond to enjoy and benefit from the natural environment.

In addition to Barnes Green, and Heathfield Recreation Ground we are now working with the Friends of Ham Village Green and local organisations in Ham to provide a Friendly Park for All on Ham Village Green.
Check the program below containing all activities which are free of charge and no booking is required.

Please contact Frances Bennett outdoor.learning@outlook.com or parks@richmond.gov.uk for more information

Jul
29
Sun
Conservation Day at Crane Park Island Nature Reserve with LWT
Jul 29 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Conservation Day at Crane Park Island Nature Reserve with LWT @ Shot Tower beside Crane Park,3 minutes walk from Ellerman Avenue | England | United Kingdom

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.

 

Jul
30
Mon
Coffee Morning with the Real Junk Food Project @ ETNA Centre – East Twickenham
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

Join  The Real Junk Food Project coffee morning every Monday 11.00am to 1.00pm at E.T.N.A. Community Centre.

Enjoy delicious safe-to-eat sandwiches, pastries, tea and coffee and Pay as you Feel

Come and see for yourself this wonderful project that seeks to reduce food waste.

💗

Jul
31
Tue
Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
Jul 31 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham @ Strawberry Hill House | England | United Kingdom

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.

 

Aug
1
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:45 pm
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside @ Orleans House Garden, Orleans House | England | United Kingdom

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

Come along every Wednesday mornings from 10.00 am to 12.30pm

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 just before 10 am and find Joy at the gardening tool shed behind the main gallery at Orleans House.

 

Wednesdays Conservation Work Party with FoBC
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join Friends of Barnes Common on every Wednesday from 10.00 to 12.30pm for a conservation morning at different locations across the Common.

Tasks are quite likely to change to meet weather conditions, numbers of volunteers and other more urgent work commitments that may arise.

Please let the friends know you are joining so they can make sure they have enough gloves, tools – and tea n biscuits, of course! Always dress for mess –  with good protection against arms or legs getting scratched. Footwear should be appropriate to the task, ideally reinforced boots or as sturdy possible. Protective equipment suitable to task is provided and must be worn if advised. Safety training/familiarisation with tasks and tools is provided at the start of each session.

Please click here to visit FoBC website for more information

Gardening Session at Mortlake Community Association
Aug 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Mortlake Community Association runs a regular gardening session, a nice fresh air activity for outdoor enthusiasts and for those looking to improve their gardening skills and meet new people.

When: Come and have a look and join us at next sessions on Wednesdays 15 November, 6 December and 7 February, 10.30 – 11.30am. After these dates the sessions swill take place regularly on the first and third Wednesday of the month, but you are welcome to go any time to garden or sit and enjoy it.

Where: Alder Road, Mortlake, halfway down the road, behind the Scout Hut. SW14 8ER

Please click here to visit their website and learn all about the garden and other activities run by the association.

 

Aug
4
Sat
Ham Pond Tidy Up!
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ham Pond Tidy Up! @ Ham Pond
First Saturday of every month from 10am until 11am

Meet at the pond!

Bring gloves with you – all welcome – meet new people while you help clean up around the pond.

For hundreds of years, Ham Pond played a vital part in village life as a drinking place for the sheep and cattle on the common. Today the pond has new roles as a place for calm public enjoyment, a wildlife haven.

The Pond is cared for by the Ham Pond Group, supported by the Ham and Petersham Association, and working in collaboration with Richmond Council, since it was formed to look after the pond in 2000.

Vanessa Fison organises regular monthly tidy-ups around the Pond on Saturday mornings. If you would like to lend a hand and join her rota, please email Vanessa.

Go to the Ham Pond website for further information.

 

Saturday Morning History Walk with FoBC, Barnes Common
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) and Chairman Mike Hildesley through the story of Barnes Common, and its fascinating history.  Mike also shares the vision of how and why things may evolve in the future. This is always a very popular walk, and will finish in the Coach and Horses pub for anyone wishing to join! Cool

This is the first of two history walks Mike will lead in August and is suitable for those able to walk over paths that may be uneven. This walk will last approximately 2.5 hours.  The second will be an evening walk, on Wednesday 15th August, will be shorter and keep to more even pathways that may be more suitable for some. Find out more about the shorter walk

Please note everyone is very welcome to join for both!

Monthly Litter Pick at The Vineyard Passage Burial Ground, Richmond
Aug 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Monthly Litter Pick at The Vineyard Passage Burial Ground, Richmond @ Vinyard Passage

The Vineyard Passage Burial Ground (VPBG) dates from 1790 but has been closed for burials for some 150 years and was declared a public open space in 1964. This prompted a comprehensive planting of ornamental trees and shrubs throughout the 1.5 acres site to create a woodland garden which is the green urban oasis seen today.

While Richmond Council carry out routine maintenance work, the VPBG Group of volunteers formed in 1995, under the aegis of the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames, to undertake additional work on the care of the VPBG. This includes fund raising initiatives to support the wider aims of providing replacement and new trees, shrubs and plants and the repair of worn and broken monuments.

They meet at 10.30am on the first Saturday of each month to clear the grounds of litter and to continue the work on the VPBG’s detailed care.

Work Morning with Friends of School House Lane Orchard, Teddington
Aug 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 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.