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

Sep
19
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
Sep 19 @ 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
Sep 19 @ 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
Sep 19 @ 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.

 

Sep
21
Fri
Friendly Parks for All activity at Barnes Green
Sep 21 @ 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:

 

Sep
24
Mon
Coffee Morning with the Real Junk Food Project @ ETNA Centre – East Twickenham
Sep 24 @ 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.

Come along and enjoy a bite to eat, a drink and good company at our ‘pay-as-you-feel’ community cafe.

Come along and meet Crissy and Clare who look forward to welcoming you and share with you the surplus food donated by local businesses and chatting to you about this wonderful project.

💗   Please consider donating to this project at SWLEN Crowdfund

Sep
25
Tue
Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
Sep 25 @ 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.

 

Sep
26
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
Sep 26 @ 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
Sep 26 @ 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

Sep
27
Thu
Talk: Bats in Richmond and Bushy parks
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Talk: Bats in Richmond and Bushy parks @ St John Ambulance Hall, Park Road | England | United Kingdom

Join Friends of Bushy and Home parks on a talk by Adam Curtis, manager of Richmond Park and licensed bat worker about “Bats in Richmond and Bushy parks”.

Refreshments are available from 7.15 pm.

 

 

Sep
28
Fri
Friendly Parks for All activity at Heathfield Recreation Ground
Sep 28 @ 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)
Sep 28 @ 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

Sep
30
Sun
Conservation Day at Crane Park Island Nature Reserve with LWT
Sep 30 @ 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.

 

Oct
1
Mon
Coffee Morning with the Real Junk Food Project @ ETNA Centre – East Twickenham
Oct 1 @ 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.

Come along and enjoy a bite to eat, a drink and good company at our ‘pay-as-you-feel’ community cafe.

Come along and meet Crissy and Clare who look forward to welcoming you and share with you the surplus food donated by local businesses and chatting to you about this wonderful project.

💗   Please consider donating to this project at SWLEN Crowdfund

Oct
2
Tue
Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
Oct 2 @ 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.

 

🌸Green Drinks
Oct 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 started this local social opportunity around 10 years ago for people interested in the environment and nature to come together. 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.

 

Oct
3
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
Oct 3 @ 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
Oct 3 @ 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
Oct 3 @ 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.

 

Oct
6
Sat
Ham Pond Tidy Up!
Oct 6 @ 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.

 

Monthly Litter Pick at The Vineyard Passage Burial Ground, Richmond
Oct 6 @ 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.