What’s On

Find walks/talks, ad-hoc volunteering or conservation work parties, gardening days and more environmental activities happening locally.

Explanation of the different types of volunteering 

Please contact the event organisers for further information.

Use ‘Categories’ to select the type of activity and ‘Tags’ for specific themes i.e. ‘Great British Spring Clean Up (22 March – 23 April 2019), Love Parks Week or Friendly Parks for All, (activities for people with dementia and their carers around Richmond upon Thames Borough).

Remember May is National Walking Month and to encourage people to take advantage of the beautiful parks and walking routes in Richmond Borough check: Richmond Health Walks – Walk This Way (discovery walks for families) – Walks by Friends of Richmond Park

WALK: River Restoration Walk with FORCE
Jun 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join Friends of the River Crane Environment in this walk will be looking at the river and habitat restoration works over the last 10 years and talking about the opportunities for further river restoration work over the next ten years.  The event will start at the Shot Tower near Crane Park walking along the River Crane ending at Twickenham Station, and will be led by Rob Gray, FORCE Trustee.  This walk is planned to support London River’s Week.

The walk is on varied terrain and some of the ground may be muddy, so please wear appropriate attire and footwear.  The walk is free but please register here 

History Walk Part Two, Barnes Common
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) for the second of a series of three history walks led by Chair, Mike Hildesley.  Each will cover a different part of the Common and finish at a local tavern or cafe Smile

Part Three

More details will follow, and do please always check FoBC Events Calendar for the most up to date information.

Wild Kingston by Citizen Zoo
Jun 9 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Wild Kingston by Citizen Zoo @ Rose Theatre, | England | United Kingdom

Step into Kingston’s wilder side for a show that will celebrate our natural world like never before. This inspirational event will introduce you to some of the fascinating creatures that also call Kingston home, opening your eyes to a world that surrounds us though is rarely seen.
Through a series of high energy, informative and fun talks, led by national experts and local conservationists, we will bring to life and showcase our wildlife, celebrating the living world around us. And you will be treated to the premiere of the short film ‘The Hogsmill’ narrated by the wonderful Griff Rhys Jones and filmed by local BBC wildlife cameraman, Tom Hooker, who has worked on several high profile wildlife productions such as Blue Planet 2.
This momentous event will also bring together the incredible communities and groups across Kingston, who actively work to support and enhance our natural world, demonstrating how everyone can make a real and positive difference to our local environment.
Suitable for the young and old, those who love wildlife and want to learn a bit more as well as experienced conservationists, don’t miss this special one-off chance when we will be bringing Kingston together for one night to focus on the amazing natural world around us!
Event Details
9th June 2019 | 16:30 | £10 – £6 | Age 6+
Rose Theatre, 24-26 High St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL


WILD Kingston – speakers line-up download

WALK: 3 Rivers: Kneller Gardens to Isleworth, Richmond and return by FORCE
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join Friends of the River Crane Environment ( FORCE) in this walk along three rivers: Starting at Kneller Gardens in Twickenham, the walk will go via the Duke of Northumberland River to the River Thames taking in the locale and features, with informed Trustees noting old industrial workings along the riverbanks, wildlife and sights of interest. Then return along the Thames, stopping at the White Cross pub in Richmond for lunch (at your own cost), before completing the circle along the Thames and River Crane to Kneller Gardens for around 3pm.  You can join for the whole day, or just walk part of the way and catch the bus or train home from Isleworth, Richmond and various points en route.  This is a very welcoming and sociable group, so come a join in!

Please wear appropriate attire and sturdy footwear. This walk if free but booking is essential.

WALK: Butterfly walk by FORCE
Jul 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
WALK: Butterfly walk by FORCE @ Meet at Mereway Nature Reserve, Mereway Road. Meet beside the notice boards near the bridge between Kneller Gardens   | England | United Kingdom

Come along to Mereway Nature Park beside the River Crane for a fun morning learning about butterflies with the Friends of 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. You will be identifying butterflies in our local area. 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.

Please come along with sturdy footwear, and in clothing suitable for the weather on that day. Bring water and suncream as hopefully, it will be a glorious sunny day! Please note that even though the walk is free booking is essential as numbers are limited.

History Walk Part Three, Barnes Common
Aug 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) for the final walk of the history series led by Chair, Mike Hildesley covering a new part of the Common and finishing at a local tavern or cafe.

More details will follow and do please always check FoBC Events Calendar for the most up to date information.

WALK: Photography for children with FORCE
Aug 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
WALK: Photography for children with FORCE @ Meet Kneller Gardens, beside the pavilion Mereway Road   | England | United Kingdom

This is a fun walk/session to get children taking photographs of the plants and the wildlife in Kneller gardens and Mereway Nature Reserve with the help of local artist Paul Smith and the Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE) 

Come along in clothing suitable for the weather on that day. Though this session is free, please don’t forget to register to attend here as places are limited.


WALK: Bat walk along the River Crane with FORCE
Aug 28 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm
WALK: Bat walk along the River Crane with FORCE @ Meet at The cafe pavilion at Kneller Gardens, off Mereway Road   | England | United Kingdom

Join Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE) this evening in the search for bats along the River Crane and to discover these fascinating nocturnal animals. The evening will start with a short introductory talk by Philip Briggs about bats and the species you might encounter – at least nine bat species occur in Richmond upon Thames. This will be followed by a leisurely walk along the River Crane & Duke of Northumberland’s River looking for bats and listening to their calls on bat detectors.  Come and see the aerial acrobatics of pipistrelles which feed regularly along the river, and maybe even see a Daubenton’s bat skimming low over the water.

Equipment is provided but please wear sturdy footwear, bring an extra layer and waterproofs in case the weather turns cold or wet in the evening, and bring along a torch as it will be dark at the end of the walk. This is a free walk but booking is essential.

WALK: Apples on Ham Lands
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WALK: Apples on Ham Lands @ Meeting at Tesco in Ham | New Ipswich | New Hampshire | United States
Come and join Friends of Ham Lands on a walk around the lands and apple trees with Geoff Hyde and Diane Bridson who will guide the walk and share their knowledge about Ham lands.
Please meet at Tesco in Ham, Ashbrunham RD 1.45 pm, walk 2-4pm.
Children and well behaved dogs are welcome, dogs need to keep on lead during the walk.