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Volunteering Events

We have a range of practical opportunities for people to get involved in volunteering at Skelton Grange - including wildlife surveys, training events and practical volunteer days.

Please see below for details and get in touch if you need any more information. We welcome new volunteers at all times, so please come along, but please get in touch to let us know if you're planning to come along to any of the events (there's a short registration form at the bottom of this page).

All events take place at Skelton Grange Environment Centre unless specified otherwise below.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult for all events.

Directions to the centre can be found here.

Regular Friday Volunteering - The Green Team

Join the Green Team at Skelton Grange Environment Centre - regular opportunities for everyone to come along and help out with some practical tasks on our site. You don't need any experience, just enthusiasm!

  • Please arrive from 9:30am for cup of tea ready for a 10:00am start.
  • Generally sessions run until 3:30pm unless advertised otherwise.
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting mucky, and dress for the weather.

The Green Team - upcoming sessions and details

Friday 27th June - The final splashdown

After (literally) months of work, we are hoping to put the finishing touches to the work on our great new pond, with dipping platform. Platform, path, steps and seating are in place so its a case of landscaping, planting, seeding and a final bit of construction. There will also be lots of summer vegetation management to be done all around the site!

Friday 4th of July - tracks and trees

Work on the hedgerows and borders at the centre, as well as on some of the main pathways to keep them clear and accessible even as all the summer vegetation is growing like crazy!

Friday 11th of July - Big Summer Clean

A big tidy of of the centre - woodstore, potting shed, decking and more, to keep us looking great through the summer.

Friday 18th of July - Big Summer Clean part 2

A big tidy of of the centre - woodstore, paths, decking and more, to keep us stocked up on materials and looking great through the busy summer.

Friday 25th of July

Friday 1st of August

Friday 8th of August

Friday 15th of August

Friday 22nd of August

Friday 29th of August - One man went to mow

Use of a traditional scythe to cut the meadows - with training from Niels Corfield from Edible Cities.

Friday 5th of September

A day of woodland crafts and skills.

 

Food growing skills - second Monday of the month!

We are starting a new monthly series of training days on a Monday that are centred around skills in growing food. We’ll be covering some allotment based skills in preparing the soil, thinking about crop rotation and sowing and transplanting seeds, as well as sessions on fruit trees, and fungi! The sessions will be hands on and we are happy for people to share their own ideas and experiences, but complete beginners are also very welcome!

Monday 14th of July - Composting, feeding you plants and midsummer maintenance

July's session is going to be focussed on ways of feeding your plants, and making natural fertilisers, using compost, wormeries and comfrey or nettle tea. We'll also be doing some other seasonal jobs around the veg patch.

Monday 11th of August - Harvest time!

Tuesday 19th August 4pm -8:30pm - Harvest festival evening - an end of project celebration! Times to be confirmed.

Monday 8th September - Autumn days - end of season on the veg patch, and preparing for winter

Food growing skills - details

  • Please arrive from 10:00am for a cup of tea and a 10:30am start.
  • Sessions run until 3:30/4pm .
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting mucky, and dress for the weather.

Wildlife Surveying

Our annual wildlife surveying programme continues with bat and butterfly surveys this Summer. Some of these events are evening events as the animals are nocturnal! Times may be updated nearer the event to coincide with nightfall.

Wednesday 13th August - Totally bats!

An evening bat survey to find out more about some of the nocturnal residents of Skelton Grange. Includes the chance to use a bat detector!

Wednesday 20th August 11am - 1pm. Utterly Butterfly

An introduction to butterfly identification and surveying skills

Thursday 21st August 6pm - 8pm AND Friday 22nd August 9am - 12noon. Like Moths to a flame

An introduction to Moth identification and moth trapping skills. We will put out the moth trap on the Thursday evening, and check it on the Friday to identify what we find. Must be able to attend both sessions.

Wildlife surveying details

  • Please arrive from at the time stated  for an introductory session including survey skills
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
  • For the evening surveys - wrap up warm as we will be outside and keeping still! Bring a torch if you have one, although spares will be available at the centre

 

Please note that all dates and practical content are subject to changes.

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