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Get Involved


If you have some spare time on your hands and would like to enjoy the great outdoors, then why not help us to keep our parks and opens spaces smart? It’s a great way to exercise, meet new friends and help the environment, all at the same time. For more information call 020 8559 2316 or email nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk.

You can:

  • gain valuable practical experience in conservation
  • keep yourself fit and healthy
  • help as often or as little as you like – we hold volunteer days on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year
  • work in a safe environment – tools, safety equipment and training are all provided
  • thrive in the laid back atmosphere – everyone works at their own pace and there are plenty of breaks
  • spot local wildlife and learn more about ecology

All of the workdays take place 10am – 2pm, unless otherwise stated.

Tuesdays

Date and timeActivityMeeting Point
9 July
10am-1pm
Seven Kings Park Butterfly Survey
Following on from our previous survey, we’ll be continuing
to gather data on butterfly species distribution and
abundance on site.
Limited spaces, booking essential.
Email
nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
16 July
10am-1pm
Claybury Park Action Day
Help us to maintain pathways and improve the site by
removing litter.
Claybury entrance on Ravensbourne
Gardens, near junction with Wedmore
Avenue IG5 0XF
30 July
10am-1pm
Roding Valley Park Action Day
Help us to maintain pathways and improve the area
around the tip by removing litter.
Chigwell Road Reuse & Recycling Centre,
Woodford IG8 8PP
6 August
10am-1pm
Fairlop Waters Butterfly Survey
Following on from our previous survey, we’ll be continuing
to gather data on butterfly species distribution and
abundance on site.

Limited spaces, booking essential.
Email
nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
13 AugustRoding Valley Park Maintenance
Help us keep the cycle track paths clear of encroaching
vegetation, litter pick and tend to the river bank margins.
Royston Gardens entrance to Roding
Valley Park, Redbridge IG1 3SS
20 AugustRiver Roding Surveys
Teams will be surveying for aquatic invertebrate and
macrophyte species present within the northern, wilder
areas of the River Roding.

Limited spaces, booking essential.
Email
nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
27 AugustFairlop Lagoon Workday
Help us manage the banks of the lagoon and surrounding
seasonal ponds by clearing willow and vegetation.
Fairlop Waters car park (west – next to
Owls Play Centre), Forest Road IG6 3HN
Car parking charges apply, pay via RingGo
3 September
10am-1pm
Roding Valley Park Action Day
Help us maintain paths along the river, improving
accessibility and removing litter.
Wooden archway entrance on Chigwell
Road, near to Charlie Brown’s roundabout
E18 1NN
10 September
10am-1pm
Roding Valley Park Maintenance
We’ll be repairing the entrance sign to the park, and
undertaking some light management along the pathways
to ensure accessibility.
Nutter Lane entrance to Roding Valley
Park, adjacent to Eton Manor Rugby Club,
Nutter Lane E11 2JA


Thursdays

Date and timeActivityMeeting Point
4 July
10am-1pm
Claybury Butterfly Survey
Following on from our previous survey, we’ll be
continuing to gather data on butterfly species
distribution and abundance on site.

Limited spaces, booking essential. Please email for availability nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
11 JulyForest Farm Peace Garden
Join us as we paint and repair the pond-dipping
platform, mulch the orchard trees, tend to the hedges
and extend our stag beetle stumpery.
Forest Farm Peace Garden, end of
Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault IG6 2XL
18 JulyHainault Forest Ditch Management
We’ll be working on the woodland ditch system,
installing leaky log dams to help manage the flow of
water, using timber from our recent tree operations. Will
involve a 15 minute walk to the work site.
First car park, Hainault Forest Country Park,
Romford Road IG7 4QN
Car parking charges apply, pay via RingGo
1 AugustHainault Lodge Practical Conservation
Join us for a day of practical conservation, as we work to
remove litter and cut back vegetation from the paths and
vehicle track at this local nature reserve.
Redbridge Cycling Centre car park,
Forest Road, Hainault IG6 3HP
8 August
10am-1pm
Claybury Park Action Day
Help us to maintain pathways and improve the site by
removing litter.
Claybury entrance on Roding Lane North,
near ELHAP Centre IG8 8NA
15 AugustRoding Valley Park Backwater Bridge Maintenance
We’ll be cutting back overhanging vegetation, removing
ivy growing along the fencing and balustrades, treating
and re-varnishing, and clearing litter from the area.
Roding Valley Park Orchard gate on
Roding Lane South, near to junction
with Whitney Avenue IG4 5PP
22 AugustRiver Roding Surveys
Teams will be surveying for aquatic invertebrate and
macrophyte species present within the canalised regions
of the River Roding.

Limited spaces, booking essential. Please email for availability nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
29 AugustRay Park Conservation Maintenance
We’ll be attending to the vegetable beds, weeding the
paths and orchard area, and building bird boxes for
installation at other sites later on in the year.
James Leal Centre, Ray Park,
Snakes Lane East, Woodford IG8 7JQ
5 SeptemberSeven Kings Wildlife Area & River Clean Up
Join us as we make headway clearing the neglected
wildlife area. We’ll be cutting back brambles, extending
the stag beetle stumpery, and clearing litter from the river.
Seven Kings Park wildlife area
(alongside skate park),
Farnham Road, Ilford IG3 8QD
12 September
10am-1pm
Roding Valley Park & Pond Improvement
We’ll be repairing the entrance sign to the park, and
undertaking some light management along the
pathways to ensure accessibility.
James Leal Centre, Ray Park,
Snakes Lane East, Woodford IG8 7JQ