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Redbridge Conservation Team Events

PROGRAMME for MARCH 2016

Our team organizes many events and activities at a number of green spaces throughout the borough. All our events are FREE unless otherwise stated. For some events, booking is required. 

A responsible adult must accompany all persons under the age of 16 on all events.

Volunteering Information

As you can see our   schedule is packed full of opportunities for you to take part in practical conservation tasks throughout the borough. Volunteering with us is a great way to get some fresh air and gentle exercise, meet new people and learn more about wildlife in the borough. Please note that we provide all the necessary tools and training on how to use them. Volunteers are free to work at their own pace and we provide plenty of tea and biscuits as an extra incentive! Please bring your own packed lunch if the workday takes place over lunchtime and wear old clothes and sturdy footwear.  Remember no experience needed, just enthusiasm!

If you are planning to come to any of our practical conservation workdays, please do ring or email beforehand so that we know to expect you and can bring the right amount of tools.

Important Information

Please be aware that some of our sites may not be suitable for those with wheelchairs, buggies, etc.  Also, most of our sites do not have toilets. Therefore it is very important that those with special requirements contact us before an event to find out about the accessibility of each site. Please wear sturdy footwear, particularly on guided walks.

 

Teachers

The nature conservation rangers can lead on a number of educational activities at various open spaces throughout the borough so please do get in contact if you would like to arrange a class trip.

 

Hi All,
 
Please see below for details of nature conservation activities taking place in March. Remember to take a look at our News in Brief section at the end for our updates and news of our latest projects in 2016.
 

Walks and events
 
February & March
The Basic Bicycle Maintenance Course
One day courses suitable for anyone wanting to learn how to keep a bike in good working order. Learn how to fix a puncture, adjust brakes, index gears and lubricate your chain correctly. This is a hands on course so please bring your own bike to work on and wear suitable clothing. Expect to get your hands dirty!
Adult only courses 6 & 28 Feb, 6 March
Family courses 20 Feb, 12 & 20 March
10.30am-3.30pm each day. £18 per person.
James Leal Centre, Ray Park, Snakes Lane East IG8 7JQ
 
For a full itinerary for the day and to confirm your place, please book using the following link: http://www.cycleconfident.com/courses/maintenance/
For courses open to families, please register both the adult(s) and the child(ren).

 

 

Volunteering
 
Nature Conservation            020 8559 2316
If you have some spare time on your hands and would like to enjoy the great outdoors this spring then why not help us keep our parks and open 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
 
 
Tuesday 1 March
Hainault Forest Ride Management
Come and lend a hand cutting back trees and shrubs along the woodland ride, this work will help promote a healthier woodland and benefit woodland wildlife.
10am-2:30pm
Meet at: Hainault Forest Country Park 1st Car Park, Romford Road, IG7 4QN
 
Thursday 3 March
Hainault Forest Ride Management
Come and lend a hand cutting back trees and shrubs along the woodland ride, this work will help promote a healthier woodland and benefit woodland wildlife.
10am-2:30pm
Meet at: Hainault Forest Country Park 1st Car Park, Romford Road, IG7 4QN
 
Tuesday 8 March
Outdoor Classroom Workday
We’ll be carrying out a range of different tasks in our Outdoor Classroom to get ready for the busy spring season.
10am-2.30pm
Meet at James Leal Centre, Ray Park, Snakes Lane East, Woodford IG8 7JQ
 
Thursday 10 March
South Park Pond
Come and help the nature conservation rangers and the South Park Users Group install more plants in the new pond and to install a dipping platform.
10am-2.30pm
Meet at South Park entrance on the junction of South Park Road and South Park Crescent, beside the public toilets IG1 1SS
 
Tuesday 15 March
Valentines Park Wildlife Area Maintenance
We’ll be tending to the stag beetle loggery and wildlife area at Valentines Park, preparing the ground to sow more wildflower seeds for a summer display.
10am-2.30pm
Meet at Valentines Park entrance on Brisbane Road IG1 4SL
 
Thursday 17 March
Forest Farm Community Allotments
Come and lend a hand with various conservation tasks at this community garden based in Hainault. We will be extending the pond dipping platform and cutting back the meadow
10am-2.30pm
Meet at the portacabin, Forest Farm Community Garden, end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault IG6 2XL
 
Tuesday 22 March
Roding Valley Park Clear Up – Chigwell Road Entrance
Come along and help the country park warden keep Roding Valley Park litter free.
10am-1pm
Meet at Chigwell Road entrance, underneath the wooden Roding Valley Park entrance arch, near to Charlie Brown’s Roundabout E18 1NN
 
Tuesday 29 March
Roding Valley Park - Meadow and Orchard Management
Come and lend a hand to help tend to the meadow area and new Orchard in Roding Valley Park.
10am-2.30pm
Meet at gate on Roding Lane South, near to junction with Whitney Avenue IG4 5PP
 
 
Thursday 31 March
Pond Management – Claybury Park
We’ll be removing floating pennywort, a non-native invasive species from the pond at Claybury Park. Wellies highly recommended.
10am-2.30pm
Meet at Claybury Park entrance on Ravensbourne Gardens, near to junction with Warley Road IG5 0XQ
 
Tuesday 5 April
Pond Management – Claybury Park
We’ll be removing floating pennywort, a non-native invasive species from the pond at Claybury Park. Wellies highly recommended.
10am-2.30pm
Meet at Claybury Park entrance on Ravensbourne Gardens, near to junction with Warley Road IG5 0XQ
 
Thursday 7 April
Forest Farm Community Allotments
Come and lend a hand with various conservation tasks at this community garden based in Hainault. We will be tending to the pond and cutting back the meadow
10am-2.30pm
Meet at the portacabin, Forest Farm Community Garden, end of Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault IG6 2XL

News in Brief

Welcome back Julia

A huge welcome back to our Nature Conservation Ranger Julia who has returned from secondment. We are very excited to have her and have already received a visit from Dude, the friendly bearded Dragon! It's lovely to have her as part of the team again.

Tony's Photos

I have now added 17 new photo's from last Thursday's volunteering event at Seven Kings to the dropbox folder :-

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/390pj05gx07jcdl/AADXcjLox5RIeOebK_w8fkEZa

 

Tesco's Bags of Help
We have been successful in securing a grant from Tesco's 'Bags of Help' scheme. Basically the money comes from the 5p bag levy and Tesco take this back and put it into the community in the form of grants for worthy causes.

This is great news but we need your help!
 

Customer voting will be opening on the 27th Feb THIS SATURDAY to 6thMarch, and the process of the voting will be that each customer passing through the stores checkouts will be given a token, they will then be asked to put their token in the box of the project that they most favour. At the end of voting, the project with the most amount of token votes will be awarded £12,000, the project with the second most amount of token votes will be awarded £10,000, and the project with the third most amount of token votes will be awarded £8,000th Feb THIS SATURDAY  to 6thCustomer voting will be opening on the 27

Here are the stores that the votes will take place:

 

GANTS HILL ILFORD EXP
ILFORD EXPRESS
MANFORD WAY CHIGW EXP
WOODFORD GREEN EXP
WANSTEAD EXP
ILFORD CRANBRK RD EXP
ILFORD LEY ST EXP
GOODMAYES EXTRA
BARKINGSIDE
WOODFORD GREEN
 

 

Our project will improve Bourne Vale, the area of woodland which gives access to the Roding Valley Park and the new Orchard which we just created. Improvements will include: replacing the dilapidated fencing, installing a ramp for disabled users and enhancing the area for the wildlife which lives there.

We will be planting wildflowers for pollinators, installing bat and bird boxes, putting in a stag beetle loggary and giving stream a makeover. The woodland itself will look and feel brighter. We also hope to bring educational value to the area for local schools and put in some interpretation.
Head down to Tesco if you can and Vote for us!!

 

Volunteers Needed!
Many of the above projects would not be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers. We’re always looking for new recruits to our very friendly group. If you have some spare time on your hands and would be interested in helping us out, please get in touch via the details below

 
Best wishes,
Nature Conservation Ranger Team
Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure (VRCL)
In partnership with London Borough of Redbridge
Nature Conservation Ranger Team
James Leal Centre, Ray Park
Snakes Lane East
Woodford Green, Essex IG8 7JQ
Tel: 020 8559 2316
Nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk
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Best wishes,

Nature Conservation Ranger Team

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure (VRCL)

In partnership with London Borough of Redbridge

Nature Conservation Ranger Team

James Leal Centre, Ray Park

Snakes Lane East

Woodford Green, Essex IG8 7JQ

Tel: 020 8559 2316

Nature.conservation@visionrcl.org.uk