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.

 

July October 2022

 

Date: Tuesday 19 July - CANCELLED DUE TO EXTREME HEAT WARNING
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: Saturday 6 August 
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: Saturday 13 August
Come and meet Reece (who leads the biodiversity volunteer sessions each week) at the outdoor swimming event in Birchmere Park.

Date: Monday 15 August
Time:
10am-2pm
Site: Southmere Park
Meeting Place: Southmere’s Tiny Forest (entrance near Bazalgette Way, what3words: young.roses.hosts
Activity:
Tiny Forest management
We will be helping with the management of Southmere’s Tiny Forest and removing some of the encroaching weeds.

Date: Friday 2 September
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: Saturday 17 September
Time: 10am-2pm
Site: Tump 53, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8AS
Meeting Place: Entrance off Bentham Road
Activity: Scrub Clearance

We will be removing the reeds which have grown within the meadow bank. This will allow more space and light for the meadow grasses and flowers.


Date: Thursday 29 September
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 11 October

Time: 11am-2pm
Site: Birchmere Park, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8GB
Meeting Place: Playing field opposite 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: Saturday 29 October
Time: 10am-2pm
Site: Tump 53, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8AS
Meeting Place: Entrance off Bentham Road
Activity:  TBC

 

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.