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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
2 AprilRoding Valley Park River Path Maintenance
We’ll be cutting back overhanging vegetation blocking the paths and removing litter.
Roding Valley Park Orchard gate on Roding Lane South, near to junction with Whitney Avenue IG4 5PP
9 April
10am to 1pm
 
Aldersbrook Wood Action Day
Come and help manage this small path of woodland adjacent to Wanstead Park.
Aldersbrook Wood, entrance at the eastern end of Northumberland Avenue E12 5EZ
16 AprilClaybury Park Nature Trail Maintenance
We’ll be working to tidy up the woodland, cutting back vegetation from the paths and installing new waymarkers.
Claybury Park entrance on Ravensbourne Gardens, near junction with Wedmore
Avenue IG5 0XF
23 AprilForest Farm Peace Garden
Join us as we work to maintain the orchard meadow, clearing back encroaching vegetation, cutting back the woodland trail, and painting the pond-dipping platform.
End of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault IG6 2XL
30 April
10am to 1pm
Roding Valley Park Action Day
Help us maintain paths along the river, improving accessibility and removing litter.
Wooden archway entrance to Roding Valley Park on Chigwell Road, near to Charlie Brown’s roundabout E18 1NN
7 MayClaybury Park Pond Restoration
We’ll be removing invasive Floating Pennywort from the pond, litter picking, and removing bramble that’s locking
the ditch.
Claybury Park entrance on Ravensbourne Gardens, near junction with Wedmore Avenue IG5 0XF
14 May
10am to 1pm
Claybury Park Butterfly Survey
We’ll conduct a butterfly survey to monitor the abundance and variety of butterflies species present within the habitats of Claybury Park.
Limited spaces, booking essential. Please email for availability nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
21 MayRoding Valley Park Himalayan Balsam Bashing
Join us as we work to halt the spread of invasive Himalayan Balsam by removing it from the banks of the River Roding.
James Leal Centre, Ray Park, Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green IG8 7JQ
28 May
10am to 1pm
Roding Valley Park Action Day
Help us maintain paths along the river, improving accessibility and removing litter.
 Roding Valley Park entrance at the end of Lechmere Avenue, Woodford Green
IG8 8QG
4 JuneClaybury Park Nature Trail Maintenance
We’ll be working to tidy up the woodland, cutting back vegetation from the paths and installing new waymarkers.
Claybury Park entrance on Ravensbourne Gardens, near junction with Wedmore Avenue, IG5 0XF
11 JuneRoding Valley Dragonfly Survey
We’ll be joined by Alice Wickman, Water for Wildlife Project Officer at London Wildlife Trust, as we survey the northern stretch of the River Roding for dragonflies and damselflies.
Limited spaces, booking essential. Please email for availability nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk


Thursdays

Date and timeActivityMeeting Point
4 AprilRoding Valley Park Maintenance
Help us keep the cycle track paths and stream clear of encroaching vegetation, prepare the ground and sow wildflower seed.
Roding Valley Park entrance on Uplands Road, Woodford Green IG8 8JN
11 AprilSeven King Water River Restoration
Join us as we remove vegetation and litter from the river bank edges, and install habitat enhancement features into the watercourse.
Seven Kings Park, bridge over Seven Kings Water between the park and Goodmayes Hospital
18 April
10am to 1pm
Claybury Action Day
Help us to maintain the pathways and improve the site by removing litter.
Claybury Park entrance on Roding Lane North, opposite Vicarage Lane IG8 8JE
25 AprilRoding Valley Park Dartnalls Field Maintenance
We’ll be clearing back vegetation from the embankment to allow the wildflowers to flourish, litter picking, and re-staining the signage.
Dartnalls Field gate, Chigwell Road, opposite Beaumaris Drive, Woodford Green IG8 8PB
2 MayWoodland Condition Assessment Training
We’ll be joined by Ecologist Denis Vickers as he demonstrates what indicators to look for when conducting a Woodland Condition Assessment.
Limited spaces, booking essential. Please email for availability nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
9 May
10am to 1pm
Hainault Forest and Meadow Butterfly Survey
We’ll conduct a butterfly survey to monitor the abundance and variety of butterflies species present within the habitats of Hainault Forest Country Park.
Limited spaces, booking essential. Please email for availability nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
16 May
10am to 1pm
Claybury Action Day
Help us to maintain the pathways and improve the site by removing litter.
Claybury Park entrance on The Glade, opposite Wensleydale Avenue IG5 0NQ
23 MayRoding Valley Park Himalayan Balsam Bashing
Join us as we work to halt the spread of invasive Himalayan Balsam by removing it from the banks of the River Roding.
Roding Valley Park Orchard gate on Roding Lane South, near to junction with Whitney Avenue IG4 5PP
30 May
10am to 1pm
Seven Kings Park Butterfly Survey
We’ll conduct a butterfly survey to monitor the abundance and variety of butterflies species present within the habitats of Seven Kings Park.
Limited spaces, booking essential. Please email for availability nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
6 JuneHurstleigh Gardens Workday
We’ll be cutting back vegetation and removing litter from the woodland paths to ensure ongoing accessibility.
Hurstleigh Gardens Open Space, junction of Fullwell Avenue and Hurstleigh Gardens IG5 0RQ
13 June
10am to 1pm
Roding Valley Park Action Day
Help us maintain paths along the river, improving accessibility and removing litter.
Wooden archway entrance to Roding Valley Park on Chigwell Road, near to Charlie Brown’s roundabout E18 1NN