Practical volunteer days
Wednesdays and Saturdays at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park from September 2020
Our regular Wednesday and Saturday conservation workdays are finishing a bit earlier this year due to coronavirus but would soon be taking a break for the summer anyway while the marshes and meadows come into full flower, birds nest and insects complete their life cycles.
The workdays will start up again in September 2020, start dates to be confirmed.
What will I be doing?
- You will be working as part of a team with the park wardens, carrying out tasks such as pond clearing, reed cutting, meadow cutting, coppicing (cutting smaller tree stems), digging and weeding.
- You don’t need any previous experience and we provide tools and gloves (and wellies or waders if needed).
- We only use hand tools so you will get some great experience in the more traditional ways of managing habitats.
- The wardens will supply tea, coffee, soft drinks and the essential biscuits but please bring along a packed lunch.
- Wear old clothes and strong footwear (e.g. boots or trainers)
- You need to be reasonably fit – check with your doctor first if you are worried about your fitness level. The work is physical and we work outside in most weathers on rough ground and in water.
- You must be 16 or over (under 18s need to get a parental/guardian permission form signed first).
You can just turn up and try out a workday but you will need to fill in a volunteer welfare form the first time you volunteer. Ring Joanne Smith or Tony Day on 0208 293 1904 or email us at email@example.com with any queries, to find out more or to visit the site beforehand. We can send you the form in advance via email if needed or you can pop into the site any day we are open. We meet in the gatehouse (the wooden building by the river) at the start of each workday.
Employee Action Days
Employee Action Days gives corporate teams the opportunity to carry out practical conservation and environmental work to improve green spaces in their local community.
At Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, teams can help with some of our larger habitat management tasks, such as reed cutting, meadow cutting and shingle beach digging as well as unique tasks such as tern raft management and compost turning.
This is a great opportunity for businesses to help maintain the park’s unique biodiversity while fulfilling their team building aspirations. We can host teams of 10 to 20 people any time from September to April.
As a charity, we are committed to full cost recovery and we will work together to your requirements and budgets.
Costs include; trained volunteer support officers to lead your day – great care is taken to ensure that all volunteers (new and long-serving) have a safe, inclusive and enjoyable experience, project planning and set-up costs, full risk assessment and insurance, provision of tools and safety equipment.