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February 2018 Task

Sunday 4 February 2018 Rammey Marsh Scrub management.

More details here and in the task reminder after the site visit,

Join Us

As always everybody is welcome to volunteer with LBCV. No  experience is required. Please wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the work and weather.

We can provide wellingtons in the morning and you must return them. So please arrive in plenty of time to select your pair. Please bring some lunch.

LBCV will provide tools, training, gloves, tea, coffee and biscuits.

Please arrive from 9:30am onwards at the Waterworks Centre Lammas Road, off Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QT, for a 10am departure. The meeting place is the former golf centre across from the former Greyhound Public House on Lea Bridge Road. We will leave at 10am for a walk to the task site. Volunteers are welcome to meet us on site, before the tools talk, please text 07757 766950, before 9am on Sunday, so we can provide enough tools and gloves.

Please lock bicycles to the stands in front of the Waterworks Centre. There is ample free car parking there too. Dogs are not allowed on the Nature Reserve so please do not cross the bridge with dogs or ride bicycles in the nature reserve. Dogs are still welcome on some tasks, including this one, we just request that their owners wait with the LBCV catering team at the Waterworks Centre, while the tools are loaded. Please read this article if you think we are being draconian http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6978272.stm

As usual we will have post task refreshments in the Hare and Hounds on Lea Bridge Road.

Volunteering and doing a conservation task with LBCV in North East London, is great way to meet new people, learn new skills, use old skills, be more active, get closer to nature, make a difference and have some fun with like minded people in the Lea Valley Regional Park.
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September 2016 Task

On Sunday 4th September 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be doing a practical conservation task at the Waterworks Nature Reserve on Lea Bridge Road.

 

The work will help preserve the architectural heritage of these mid-late 18th century water filtration beds, constructed by East London Water Company. The filter beds were originally called the Essex Filter Beds as they were on the Essex side of the River Lea, the boundary with Middlesex. They now form the Waterworks Nature Reserve an enclosed nature reserve with one of the biggest bird hides in London, if not southern England. The nature reserve is dog free area, so unfortunately we cannot accommodate dogs on this month’s task.

The task will involve removing scrub encroaching on the open beds and walls. A selective bramble bash will be done to contain the bramble from taking over but allowing it to still provide shelter and forage in various areas, but taking back areas for the cowslips and wild flower meadows.

 

The removed vegetation will be used to form habitat piles away from the bed floors. Our previous buildings of habitat piles and hibernacula have meant this year’s survey of reptiles and amphibians at the Waterworks NR has seen a healthy increase.

 

Tools to be used include bow saws, loppers and slashers.

All welcome to join us, no experience required. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the task and weather. We will be working in long reed/grass so closed shoes/boots and long trousers and sleeves will be best. Please bring some lunch or you can pop to the cafe, at the Waterworks Centre. We will provide the tools, gloves, training, tea, coffee and biscuits.

To join us, just turn up at 1 Connaught Close, E10 7QS, opposite Horse Riding Centre on Lea Bridge Road, from 9:45am to 10am. Volunteers will be at Connaught from 9:30am setting up the tools etc. We can provide wellingtons, if you do not have suitable footwear. The task site is a short walk from Connaught Close where indoor cycle parking is available.

March 2016 Task

On Sunday 6th March 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers (LBCV) will be doing scrub management and bed wall conservation in the Middlesex Filter Beds. The task will remove bramble and saplings that would take over open areas of the filter beds if not controlled. The cut scrub will be burnt onsite to prevent nutrient build up in this nature reserve. Scrub management will include a traditional bramble bash as well as cutting out small shrubs/bushes and trees with loppers and bowsaws. An additional task will be bed wall clearance. Mosses and ferns present will be  left and the removal will concentrate on the bramble and woodier species. This will help preserve the walls and also prevent the ferns and mosses being swamped by dominant species.

Please wear sturdy footwear, preferably wellingtons and appropriate clothing for the work and weather.

As always no experience required

We can provide wellingtons at Connaught Close in the morning and you must return them to Connaught Close. So please arrive in plenty of time to select your pair. Please bring some lunch. LBCV will provide tools, training, gloves, tea, coffee and biscuits.

We will meet at 1 Connaught Close, Leyton, London E10 7QS from 9.30am and leave at 10am for a mini-bus trip to the task site. Volunteers are welcome to meet us on site, before the tools talk, please text 07757 766950, before 9am on Sunday, so we can provide enough tools and gloves. Indoor bicycle parking is available at Connaught Close. Anybody wanting to meet us on site should wait at the Rammey Marsh car park on Smeaton Road across from The Greyhound, from 10:30am onwards, we will be there as soon as possible depending traffic.

As usual we will have post task refreshments in the Hare and Hounds on Lea Bridge Road.