Our plan is to increase the amount of wildlife and habitat that exists in the local area. 

We're at the start of our Biodiversity Action Plan, which takes a long-term approach. The volunteering programme is a great way for you to have a say in the work that goes on and a chance to be involved in a hands-on way. 

Want to learn more about the programme and the volunteering sessions taking place? Contact [email protected] for more information.

See dates for the remainder of 2021 below. Please note that new dates will be added regularly.

Habitat Creation and Woodland Coppicing

Date: Thursday 23 September
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, SE28 8NG.
Meeting Place: Crossway Community Orchard (woodland behind basketball courts)
What's happening? We will be clearing dead wood and creating log habitat piles. We will be coppicing the orchard and surrounding trees from dead wood and creating habitat piles within the boundary of the orchard. This will encourage and increase insects and bugs within the orchard such a lady birds, lacewings and earwigs.

 

English Bluebell Planting in woodland habitat using plugs

Date: Wednesday 6 October
Time:
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Southmere Park, Thamesmead, SE2 9XA
Meeting Place: Southmere Woodland Trail
What's happening? We will planting English bluebells within the woodland at Southmere Park. The bluebells will provide food and shelter for a range of our native insects, from bees to butterflies.

 

English Bluebell Planting in woodland habitat using plugs

Date: Tuesday 19 October
Time:
10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, SE28 8NG
Meeting Place: Crossway Community Orchard (woodland behind basketball courts)
What's happening? We will planting English bluebells within the woodland at Crossway Park. The bluebells will provide food and shelter for a range of our native insects, from bees to butterflies.

 

Maintenance and management of Crossway Community Orchard

Date: Wednesday 27 October
Time:
11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, SE28 8NG.
Meeting Place: Crossway Community Orchard (woodland behind basketball courts)

What's happening? We will be helping with the maintenance and management of Crossway Community Orchard. We will; harvest apples and pears from the fruit trees, leave windfallen fruit for wildlife, create hibernating areas for frogs and toads by creating leave piles and replenish the dead hedge boundary.

 

Wildflower Plug Planting and Woodland Scrub Clearance

Date: Saturday 6 November
Time:
10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Tump 53 Nature Reserve, SE28 8AS
Meeting Place: Entrance off Bentham Road
What's happening? We will wildflower plug planting within the woodland at Tump 53. The wildflowers will provide food and shelter for a range of our native insects, from bees to butterflies.

 

Wildflower Plug Planting

Date: Tuesday 9 November
Time:
11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Southmere Park, Thamesmead, SE2 9XA
Meeting Place: Southmere Woodland Trail
What's happening? We will be plug planting wildflowers within the woodland at Southmere. The wildflowers will provide food and shelter for a range of our native insects, from bees to butterflies.

 

Wildflower Plug Planting

Date: Friday 19 November
Time:
10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Birchmere Park, Thamesmead, SE28 8GB
Meeting Place: Playing Field opposite a Southwood Road
What's happening? We will be plug planting wildflowers within the woodland at Birchmere. The wildflowers will provide food and shelter for a range of our native insects, from bees to butterflies.

 

Habitat Creation and Woodland Coppicing

Date: Thursday 25 November
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, SE28 8NG
Meeting Place: Crossway Community Orchard (woodland behind basketball courts)
What's happening? We will be helping with the maintenance and management of Crossway Community Orchard. We will; survey the orchard for damaged and dead trees, winter pruning of apples and pear trees maintaining shape and growth, clear dead wood and create habitat piles and hedge cutting.

 

Aquatic planting in Birchmere for the benefit of Tench and other fish

Date: Wednesday 1 December
Time:
11:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Birchmere Park, Thamesmead, SE28 8GB
Meeting Place
: Playing Field opposite a Southwood Road
More details to follow 

 

Aquatic planting in Southmere for the benefit of Tench and other fish

Date: Tuesday 7 December
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Southmere Park, Thamesmead, SE2 9XA
Meeting Place: Southmere Woodland Trail
More details to follow 

 

Woodland Coppicing

Date: Friday 17 December 
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Crossway Park, Thamesmead, SE28 8NG
Meeting Place: Crossway Community Orchard (woodland behind basketball courts)

What's happening? We will be helping with the maintenance and management of Crossway Community Orchard. We will be coppicing the surrounding woodland to allow more light in the area to increase woodland flora.