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April 2016 Task

On Sunday 3rd April 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers (LBCV) will be doing a practical conservation task in the Middlesex Filter Beds. The tasks will include 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. There will also be an opportunity to plant Bed 1a with bat friendly flora.

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

As always no experience required

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.

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

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.

February 2016 Task

On Sunday 7th February 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be doing scrub management on Rammey Marsh. The task as part of LVRPA Higher Level Stewardship of Rammey Marsh is to help reduce the scrub on Rammey Marsh to below 25% coverage. The cut scrub will be used to build a hibernaculum as part of LVRPA participation in Frog Life’s London Dragon Finders project. Scrub management will include a traditional bramble bash as well as cutting out small shrubs/bushes and trees with loppers and bowsaws.

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.

Rammey Marsh is on the River Lea just inside the M25.  We will be travelling there by mini-bus and there will also be a cycle ride to the task site, off-road along the River Lea tow path, approximately 8 miles. Rammey Marsh

January 2016 Task

01052011552On Sunday 3rd January 2016 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be doing pond management in Horseshoe Thicket. The aim will be to arrest succession by clearing vegetation within the ponds and aiming to leave 30% open water.

As always no experience required. We can provide waders or 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.

Join Us Doing Practical Conservation Tasks

If you have an interest in nature or environmental conservationism, then volunteer with us on the first Sunday of any month doing practical conservation tasks in North East London’s largest open space, the Lea Valley Regional Park. We have done volunteering tasks from The East India Dock Basin on the Thames to Coppermill Fields in Waltham Abbey. These practical tasks range from woodland management, such as coppicing, the countryside skills of hedge laying and dead hedging to the removal of invasive vegetation with a traditional Bramble Bash.

Everybody is welcome to volunteer with LBCV doing hands-on practical conservation tasks in North East London, on the first Sunday of the month. No experience is needed; we provide the training and tools along with the tea, coffee and biscuits, bring your own packed lunch. Please wear suitable clothing for the weather and stout footwear. We will endeavour to do the planned task, no matter what the weather is doing; a task will only be changed if the weather makes it unsafe to do the planned work.

From April 2017 we have a new meeting location – NOT Connaught Close and a new postal address LBCV c/o Hornbeam Environmental Centre and Cafe,  458 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 9AH

Please arrive from 9:30am onwards at the WaterWorks Centre Lammas Road, off Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QB, for a prompt 10am departure. The meeting place is the former golf centre across from the former Greyhound Public House. Bus numbers 48, 55 and 56 run along the Lea Bridge Road, alight by the Riding Centre. There is cycle parking available at Waterworks Centre. If you are going to be late, or wish to join us on site at the start of the task, please email or text 07757 766950 before 9am on the task day, so we can provide enough tools. Please provide a contact number so we can inform you if the task has to be changed at the last-minute.

If you have any queries please contact us by email, or call once the task reminder email has been sent out, usually a few days before the task weekend.

The monthly newsletter no longer contains local green events, training sessions, other groups’ volunteer work days but is now a reminder of the task sent closer to the date, please sign up for the monthly LBCV task reminder, over on the left.

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