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 (22 March – 23 April 2019), Love Parks Week , National City Park Week 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

Jan
21
Mon
Coffee Morning with the Real Junk Food Project @ ETNA Centre – East Twickenham
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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

Jan
22
Tue
A stroll, a cuppa and a chat at Heston Park, Hounslow
Jan 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
A stroll, a cuppa and a chat at Heston Park, Hounslow @ Heston Park | England | United Kingdom

Let’s Go Outside and Learn project “A stroll, a cuppa and a chat” aims to get more people in Hounslow out into the great local parks to benefit from fresh air, gentle activity and social interaction.
Different activities are planned to be flexible and to suit the group. All sessions are free and you do not have to book, but you will be asked to register on arrival. All are welcome and stroll at a pace that suits those attending.

Join in on this day at Inwood Park. Meet at Heston Park beside the outdoor gym equipment

Each day has a special activity involving: Bird Watching, Identify Trees, Trips to a local park, Art in the park or Spring Watch.

Referrals from different agencies working in Hounslow are welcome and the programme hopes to target especially people at risk of isolation.

 

 

Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
Jan 22 @ 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.

 

Jan
23
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
Jan 23 @ 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.

 

Walking for Health: Ham Lands
Jan 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join this Health Walks every Wednesday  at  10.30 am

Meeting and finish point: In front of Tesco Express, 185 Ashburnham Road, Ham, TW10 7NR
Route: A 40 to 60 minute walk crossing the Ham lands towards the river, with a choice of walking up or downstream before returning to the starting point. This is a flat walk with a mix of paved, gravel, earth and grass surfaces.
Grade: 1 and 2 (Beginner to intermediate) – 2 different paced walks take place
Getting there: Bus route 371 (Mariner Gardens stop). Free parking is available on the road.
Toilets: Available at end of the walk at Church

For more information please see https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/london/richmond-health-walks

Jan
26
Sat
Winter Walk: Trees and Things with Friends of Barnes Common
Jan 26 @ 10:15 am – 12:30 pm
Winter Walk: Trees and Things with Friends of Barnes Common @ Vine Road Recreation Ground  Barnes  London.  | England | United Kingdom

Join  Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) for their traditional ‘blowing away the cobwebs’ social winter walk around the Common, finding out more about our trees and wildlife – as well as plans for our freshly planted community orchard, and how you may get involved if this interests you.  The walk finishes up in the Brown Dog for a bit of cheer and chat around their cosy fire.  Places must be booked by emailing Sharon at the address given, and please also include if you will be joining us in the Brown Dog after the walk. Both familiar and new faces welcome  Meeting point to be confirmed so keep an eye here

Litter Picking with Barnes Tidy Towpath Group
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Litter Picking with Barnes Tidy Towpath Group

Some people collect litter in their own time whilst others prefer to do so as part of a group. Barnes Tidy Towpath Group has established regular opportunities to meet with like-minded people, share a laugh and make a difference. Litter pick sticks, gloves and bags are provided; Only need to wear wellies.

Please email in advance if you are a newcomer or if you are a regular needing to borrow equipment (e.g., litter pick sticks) to ensure sufficient supplies. Also, if you are new, please arrive 15 minutes early to collect your equipment and to discuss any queries about the health & safety briefing which we will have sent you in advance.

Upcoming sessions for 2019:

– Wednesday, 9 January 10:30AM-12:30PM, meeting on the towpath end of Ferry Lane (adjacent to the Swedish School) and heading towards Hammersmith Bridge

– Saturday, 26 January 1:30-3:00PM, meeting at Small Profit Dock (near Nassau Road)

– Wednesday, 6 February 10:00AM-Noon, meeting point to be confirmed closer to the date

Jan
27
Sun
Conservation Day at Crane Park Island Nature Reserve with LWT
Jan 27 @ 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.

 

Jan
28
Mon
Coffee Morning with the Real Junk Food Project @ ETNA Centre – East Twickenham
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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

Jan
29
Tue
A stroll, a cuppa and a chat at Inwood Park, Hownslow
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
A stroll, a cuppa and a chat at Inwood Park, Hownslow @ Inwood Park | England | United Kingdom

project “A stroll, a cuppa and a chat” aims to get more people in Hounslow out into the great local parks to benefit from fresh air, gentle activity and social interaction.
Different activities are planned to be flexible and to suit the group. All sessions are free and you do not have to book, but you will be asked to register on arrival. All are welcome and stroll at a pace that suits those attending.

Join in on this day at Inwood Park. Meet at the entrance of Inwood Road,  49 Inwood Rd, Hounslow TW3 1XQ, UK

Each day has a special activity involving: Bird Watching, Identify Trees, Trips to a local park, Art in the park or Spring Watch

Referrals from different agencies working in Hounslow are welcome and the programme hopes to target especially people at risk of isolation.

Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
Jan 29 @ 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.

 

Jan
30
Wed
Gardening at Orleans House Garden, Twickenham Riverside
Jan 30 @ 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.

 

Walking for Health: Ham Lands
Jan 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join this Health Walks every Wednesday  at  10.30 am

Meeting and finish point: In front of Tesco Express, 185 Ashburnham Road, Ham, TW10 7NR
Route: A 40 to 60 minute walk crossing the Ham lands towards the river, with a choice of walking up or downstream before returning to the starting point. This is a flat walk with a mix of paved, gravel, earth and grass surfaces.
Grade: 1 and 2 (Beginner to intermediate) – 2 different paced walks take place
Getting there: Bus route 371 (Mariner Gardens stop). Free parking is available on the road.
Toilets: Available at end of the walk at Church

For more information please see https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/london/richmond-health-walks

Feb
2
Sat
Ham Pond Tidy Up!
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ham Pond Tidy Up! @ Ham Pond | England | United Kingdom

Every First Saturday of the month, meet at the Pond from 10 am until 11 am and help  Ham and Petersham Association look after this wonderful green space

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.

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

More information in the Ham and Petersham Resident Association website

Gardening with Friends of School House Lane Orchard, Teddington
Feb 2 @ 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 10 am. 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.

Monthly Litter Pick at The Vineyard Passage Burial Ground, Richmond
Feb 2 @ 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.

Feb
4
Mon
Coffee Morning with the Real Junk Food Project @ ETNA Centre – East Twickenham
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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

Feb
5
Tue
A stroll, a cuppa and a chat at Heston Park, Hounslow
Feb 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
A stroll, a cuppa and a chat at Heston Park, Hounslow @ Heston Park | England | United Kingdom

Let’s Go Outside and Learn project “A stroll, a cuppa and a chat” aims to get more people in Hounslow out into the great local parks to benefit from fresh air, gentle activity and social interaction.
Different activities are planned to be flexible and to suit the group. All sessions are free and you do not have to book, but you will be asked to register on arrival. All are welcome and stroll at a pace that suits those attending.

Join in on this day at Inwood Park. Meet at Heston Park beside the outdoor gym equipment

Each day has a special activity involving: Bird Watching, Identify Trees, Trips to a local park, Art in the park or Spring Watch.

Referrals from different agencies working in Hounslow are welcome and the programme hopes to target especially people at risk of isolation.

 

 

Community Gardening at Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
Feb 5 @ 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
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
🌸Green Drinks @ The Eel Pie | England | United Kingdom

Green Drinks on the first Tuesday of every month from 6.30 pm 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 6.30 pm 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.

We subscribe to the Green Drinks Code, 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.