November 2020 task

Novemeber 2020 task

This is the fifth conservation task since the COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown. LVRPA had stopped all volunteer activity for the volunteers’ and staff’s safety and wellbeing. Now some restrictions have lifted LBCV are able to run volunteer tasks in the Lea Valley Park, but with restrictions.

  • We cannot generally advertise the tasks apart from emailing those signed up to this task reminder email 
  • If you are ill, feel ill or have been in contact with somebody who is self-isolating please do not volunteer
  • Do not use public transport to travel to the task. 
  • Please wash your hands before the task in warm water or hand sanitiser.
  • Use gloves when handling all tools, touching gates or other items in the park
  • Do not share tools.
  • Work parties of no more than 6 people – LBCV can have multiple work parties on a task
  • Please maintain a social distance of at least 1m if 2m is not possible
  • Wash your hands before eating or drinking in warm water or hand sanitiser

On Sunday 1st November 2020 Lea Bridge Conservation Volunteers will be coppicing in Horseshoe Thicket on Walthamstow Marsh.

This woodland management task will involve coppicing trees, which will use the 4 cut felling method, snedding and brashing. The wood will be chipped by the rangers and used to make the paths through the thicket usable in the winter. The larger wood pieces will be used to build habitat piles, which increases the biodiversity of this urban woodland by becoming lying deadwood ecosystems. 

Traditionally coppiced wood would be used in green woodworking by bodgers to make spoons, bowls, chairs etc. See below, if you would like to learn green woodworking in East London.

All are welcome to join us and no experience is required. If You are curious about what happens on a LBCV task, one of our regular volunteers did the following live video on October’s task


Please wear appropriate clothing and stout footwear for the task and weather. We will be working in an area with bramble and nettles, so closed shoes/boots and long trousers and sleeves would be best. Kneeling will also be required so if you have knee pads please bring them.


Task – Exec Brief

On Sunday 1 November 2020, LBCV will be helping to manage Horseshoe Thicket on Walthamstow Marshes 

Join Us

Everybody is welcome to volunteer with LBCV. No experience is required. LBCV will provide tools, training, gloves, hand sanitiser, tea, coffee and biscuits. 

Please bring some lunch. Please wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the work and weather. It is due to rain Sunday morning the task will go ahead. 

Please arrive from 9:30am onwards at the Waterworks Centre Lammas Road, off Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QT, for a 10am visit to our tool storage area. The meeting place is the bike racks in front of former golf centre across from the former Greyhound Public House on Lea Bridge Road. We will leave at 10:05am for a walk to the task site. 

Volunteer with LVRPA

If any LBCV volunteer would like to volunteer directly with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority