November 2019 Task

Sunday 3 November 2019 Walthamstow Marshes Scrub management and willow removal along ditches

More details after the site visit.

Site Visit done.

On Sunday 3 November 2019, Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be doing a nature conservation task on Walthamstow South Marsh. The work on this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is being done as part of the Higher Level Stewardship agreement with Natural England.

The task is scrub management, which will involve removing invasive willow from along the ditch, which will aid the Water Vole population. Removing the scrub will maintain the marsh as a wetland meadow habitat. 

We will pick any litter we encounter but the focus of the task is removing the willow. 

No experience is needed. LBCV will provide the training and tools along with the tea, coffee and biscuits. Bring your own packed lunch. Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the task and weather.

Volunteers are welcome to meet us on site, be at Leyton and Walthamstow parish boundary line on Sandy Lane at 10:30, but please text 07757 766950 or email info@, before 9am on Sunday, so we can provide enough tools and gloves.


Everybody is welcome to volunteer with LBCV. No experience is required. LBCV will provide tools, training, gloves, tea, coffee and biscuits. Please bring some lunch. Under 18 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, 

Please wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the work and weather. The task involves working in long thick spikey vegetation. We can provide wellingtons in the morning. So please arrive in plenty of time to select your pair.

Please arrive from 9:30am – 10am at the Waterworks Centre Lammas Road, off Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QT, for a 10am departure to the tools storage area. The meeting place is the former golf centre across from the former Greyhound Public House on Lea Bridge Road. Look for a person in a black LBCV t-shirt. We will leave the tools container at 10:15am for walk to the task site.

If you use What 3 Words the meeting place is snacks.settle.nerve at 9:30am – 10am or on-site gentle.become.hugs at 10:30 but please text or email before Sunday 9am 

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 Waterworks Nature Reserve so please do not cross the bridge with dogs or ride bicycles in the nature reserve. Dogs are welcome on some tasks, including this one. 

We should be finished by 4:00pm.

Future LBCV Tasks  – Complete Programme 2019-2020

All conservation tasks are the first Sunday of each month, 9:30am – 4pm.

December Walthamstow Marshes pollarding Horseshoe thicket  
January Waterworks Nature Reserve reptile and scrub management  
February Rammey Marshes Scrub management  
March Walthamstow Marshes Bramble bashing


Doing a conservation task with LBCV 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.

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