29/09/2016

What’s On

There are lots of fantastic 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. Please 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 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.

Apr
29
Sun
Conservation Day at Crane Park Island Nature Reserve with LWT
Apr 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.

 

Group Gardening Session with Kingston Permaculture Reserve
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm
Group Gardening Session with Kingston Permaculture Reserve @ England | United Kingdom

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 a tea break and explore the forest garden!

 

 

 

Litter Pick at Ham Lands with HUG
Apr 29 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Litter Pick at Ham Lands with HUG @ Riverside Dr, Richmond  by the path to Teddington Lock. | England | United Kingdom

Come and join Ham United Group (HUG) in a litter clean session around Ham lands. Bags and litter pickers will be provided but please bring strong gloves if you got any. As this is a wet season, it is recommended to wear Wellington boots or any other waterproof boots.  All ages are welcome!
Meet at Riverside drive in Ham, by the path to Teddington Lock.

May
1
Tue
Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
May 1 @ 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
May 1 @ 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.

 

May
2
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
May 2 @ 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
May 2 @ 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.

 

Gardening Session at Mortlake Community Association
May 2 @ 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.

 

May
5
Sat
Ham Pond Tidy Up!
May 5 @ 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
May 5 @ 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
May 5 @ 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.

May
6
Sun
Celebration of the Dawn Chorus with FORCE
May 6 @ 4:30 am – 6:00 am

Join Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE) on a bird walk from the Shot Tower along the Crane to see the birds at dawn and celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day. Take a walk and catch the early morning birds in Crane Park, with our expert Keith Martin. You will be surprised to learn about the number of species we have living close by.

The walk starts early at dawn from the Shot Tower. Please wear sturdy foot wear and dress for the weather.

 This event is free but please let us know your comming by registering here
May
8
Tue
Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
May 8 @ 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.

 

May
9
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
May 9 @ 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
May 9 @ 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.

 

May
12
Sat
Help create a Butterfly Habitat with Friends of Ham Lands
May 12 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Help create a Butterfly Habitat with Friends of Ham Lands @ Riverside Drive by the footpath to Teddington Lock
Come and help Friends of Ham Lands improve the butterfly habitat on Ham lands.
Tasks include cutting back encroaching scrub to maintain sheltered open grassland areas and open woodland which are attractive to butterfly’s and also maintaining some of the small footpaths through the scrub that are in danger of being overgrown. Areas where this is necessary have been identified by local naturalists and the Council’s ecology officer.
Meet at Riverside Drive by the footpath to Teddington Lock every second Saturday of the Month at 10.30am to 1.00pm (or as long as you can stay).
Children are welcome but need to be accompanied by an adult – please bring their own gloves as only adult sized gloves are available
Tools are provided but wear working clothes including strong and water proof footwear.
May
13
Sun
Voluntary Sunday with FORCE
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Voluntary Sunday with FORCE

Join Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE) on the second Sunday in each month throughout the year. Work is carried out at a variety of locations in the Lower Crane Valley, and whatever age or ability , there’s something in which each individual can help. You can join for an hour, the whole day, or just say hello and find out what the group is up to. Old clothes and stout footwear are recommended.

Volunteer Sundays normally start at 10.30 and end by 16.00. If you can stay all day please bring along some lunch – Refreshments are provided

For safety reasons under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Location and work programme to be confirmed nearer the time.  But, add the date to your diary now!

 

Martin O’Gara
events@force.org.uk 10:30 to 16:00

May
15
Tue
Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
May 15 @ 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.

 

May
16
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
May 16 @ 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
May 16 @ 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.