Peabody has created a Biodiversity Action Plan which presents specific guidance for the protection and enhancement of Thamesmead’s priority habitats and species. Our aim is to create a stronger ecosystem, connecting habitats for the benefit of people and wildlife.   

We’re keen to make these improvements together with the community so we’re working with the North West Kent Countryside Partnership to deliver a series of regular volunteering sessions at our community gardens across Thamesmead for those who want to get involved. 

See the programme below for volunteering dates.

 

April July 2022

 

Date: Friday 29 April   
Time: 10am – 2pm
Site: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NG.
Meeting Place: Crossway Community Orchard (woodland behind basketball courts)
Activity:
Grassland cutting and scrub clearing
We will be helping with the maintenance and management of Crossway Community Orchard. We will cut and rake the grassland within the orchard and cut back the bramble encroaching into the orchard floor.

 

Date: Tuesday 10 May
Time: 11am – 3pm
Site: Birchmere Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8GB
Meeting Place
: Playing field opposite Southwood Road
Activity: Hedgerow and tree management 
We will be helping with the maintenance of the newly planted tree whips, which were planted by the local community involving neighbouring schools. The tree was planted as part of an implementation scheme to plant native species with documented value for wildlife. We will: replenish and add mulch to the young trees, ensure the trees are protected with guards and canes, and cut the grass surrounding the trees. This is to ensure the trees improve the ecological value of Thamesmead’s parks and green spaces.



Date: Thursday 26 May   
Time: 10am – 2pm
Site: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NG.
Meeting Place: Crossway Community Orchard (woodland behind basketball courts)
Activity:
Scrub clearing and mulch
We will be helping with the maintenance and management of Crossway Community Orchard. We will add mulch to the fruit trees and cut back the bramble encroaching into the orchard floor.

 

Date: Tuesday 8 June
Time: 11am – 1pm
Site: Birchmere Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8GB
Meeting Place: Playing field opposite a Southwood Road
Activity: Thamesmead Green Space Walk
Meeting at Birchmere Park we will be walking through different Thamesmead green spaces, including Tump 53, Birchmere park, Crossway park and Southmere park. This walk will highlight how our green spaces are connected and show off the work of our conservation volunteer team.



Date: Monday 20 June   
Time: 10am – 2pm
Site: Southmere Park, SE2 9XA  
Meeting Place: Woodland trail in Southmere
Activity:
Wildlife recording
we will walk around Southmere lake recording all the wildlife we can see; birds, butterflies, flowers, trees and bees.


Date: Saturday 25 June   
Site: The Nest building on Southmere Lake.
Activity: Bexley Eco-Fest

Find out more here.

Date: Friday 8 July   
Time: 10am – 2pm
Site: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NG.
Meeting Place: Crossway Community Orchard (woodland behind basketball courts)
Activity:
Grassland cutting and scrub clearing

We will be helping with the maintenance and management of Crossway Community Orchard. We will cut and rake the grassland within the orchard and cut back the bramble encroaching into the orchard floor.

Date: Tuesday 19 July   
Time:
10am – 2pm
Site: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NG.
Meeting Place: Crossway Community Orchard (woodland behind basketball courts)
Activity:
Wildlife recording
We will walk around Crossway park recording all the wildlife we can see including birds, butterflies, flowers, trees and bees.

Remember to bring suitable clothes for the weather conditions, a packed lunch with plenty of water and suitable footwear. We will supply all other equipment, including gloves and safety equipment as well as hot drinks and biscuits.

Each volunteer session will be led by a North West Kent Countryside Partnership member of staff who will be more than happy to answer any questions. A health and safety talk will be given at the beginning of each session.

Please email [email protected] to confirm your attendance or to ask any question about volunteering.