Programme

another rustic bench

Yet another of our famous rustic benches is installed. This is at Southwater CP

Our programme

Planned work sites and tasks until the end of the quarter are shown here. The programme is renewed before the beginning of the next quarter.

As you will see, it offers various useful tasks, over several different sites. The size and scope of the tasks on Thursday reflects the lower number of people expected to attend.

It is always a good idea to check the website as work sites may be changed due to poor weather or work requirements.

Note:

# If the work site is at Chesworth, Owlbeech, Leechpool, Southwater CP or Warnham LNR, please see this page for details of the meeting point.
# We leave the meeting point at 10 am – and aim to finish work by 1.0 pm


29 May 2018 10:00 at Chesworth Farm
MEGABASH Dock O’clock

TUESDAY - Dock pulling and Thistle topping. It has struck that time of year again and today we will be pulling up Dock plants from a number of the fields, with some Thistle topping in Tip Fields.

Jobs for all fitness levels. Wear sturdy footwear and clothes that you don’t mind getting filthy! Gloves, tools, hot drinks and lots of biscuits provided. (Young people aged 6-17 must be accompanied by an adult)

The Higher Level Stewardship scheme that the farm is under requires Dock and Thistle to be kept at low levels, so to allow the rarer flowering plants to stand a chance. After a few years of hard work we appear to be keeping a good balance. We don’t want to completely get rid of any of these species as they provide seeds vital for winter feed for many bird species.

Meeting point: outside The Volunteer Centre, near the depot compound. Postcode is RH13 0AA; the OS map ref is TQ176 295


31 May 2018 10:00 at Warnham LNR
The Path

THURSDAY - This job has become a bit of a “Forth Bridge” but it really has improved access around parts of the reserve that were previously impassable to mobility scooters and pushchairs. Some of the original sections now require the old wood chippings to be dug off (as they have turned in to compost over the years!) and new chip spread out.

Meeting point: outside the café. Postcode is RH12 2RA; the OS map ref is TQ168 323


05 June 2018 10:00 at Warnham LNR
The Path

TUESDAY - This job has become a bit of a “Forth Bridge” but it really has improved access around parts of the reserve that were previously impassable to mobility scooters and pushchairs. Some of the original sections now require the old wood chippings to be dug off (as they have turned in to compost over the years!) and new chip spread out.

Meeting point: outside the café. Postcode is RH12 2RA; the OS map ref is TQ168 323


07 June 2018 10:00 at Southwater Country Park
Park Keeping

THURSDAY - There are some benches to dig in and a big litter-pick and tidy-up to do before the park starts getting busy for the summer. There will also be a number of smaller “fiddly” jobs too.

Meeting point: outside the café. Postcode is RH13 9UN; the OS map ref is TQ161 258

A fee is now charged for parking at Southwater CP but free parking permits for the morning will be handed out to HGG members on arrival, make sure you get yours and display it in your car.


12 June 2018 10:00 at Monkmead Wood
Balsam Pulling *Extended Task* 10:15am-3pm

TUESDAY - Himalayan Balsam Pulling along the banks of the river Chilt. We have hit this site hard in the past few years and there is much less Balsam this year as a result... but just enough left for us to have a couple of outings to this lovely woodland.

I would ask that people car share where ever possible as the rural site isn't easy to reach from public transport and the car park isn’t huge.

*There will be a port a loo on site and the usual hot drinks. Please bring lunch if you're able to stay on until 3pm

Meeting point: Monkmead Wood Car Park, Monkmead Lane, West Chiltington, RH20 2PG.


14 June 2018 10:00 at Southwater Country Park
The Great Orchid Count: Episode I

THURSDAY - It’s that time of year again; we will be on our hands and knees hunting for every last orchid – we will begin this year on the Sloping Meadows between Worthing Road and the Dinosaur Island Play Area.

Meeting point: Worthing Road car park.


19 June 2018 10:00 at Southwater Country Park
The Great Orchid Count: Episode II

TUESDAY - It’s that time of year again; we will be on our hands and knees hunting for every last orchid by Quarry Lake and Ben’s Field.

Meeting point: outside the café. Postcode is RH13 9UN; the OS map ref is TQ161 258

A fee is now charged for parking at Southwater CP but free parking permits for the morning will be handed out to HGG members on arrival, make sure you get yours and display it in your car.


21 June 2018 10:00 at Southwater Country Park
Meadow Rejuvenation & Post Banging

THURSDAY - The Quarry slope that we normally strim and rake off in October is having an early trim this year to try and reduce the overwhelming dominance of Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) in the grassland. There will also be some non-raking jobs to do too.

Meeting point: outside the café. Postcode is RH13 9UN; the OS map ref is TQ161 258

A fee is now charged for parking at Southwater CP but free parking permits for the morning will be handed out to HGG members on arrival, make sure you get yours and display it in your car.


26 June 2018 10:00 at Chesworth Farm
Riverside Walk Prep Work

TUESDAY - The annual Riverside Walk will be passing through the farm on 14th July, so we are going to spend the task making sure the paths are looking top notch and ready for 200+ people to march all over it. Vegetation trimming and possibly some path surfacing to lay down.

Meeting point: outside The Volunteer Centre, near the depot compound. Postcode is RH13 0AA; the OS map ref is TQ176 295


28 June 2018 10:00 at Chesworth Farm
Himalayan Balsam Pulling

THURSDAY - Himalayan and Orange Balsam are a problem for waterside habitats across the country; the seeds spread along watercourses and at times of flood, depositing seeds even wider. The plants grow over 6 feet tall in a few short months, shading out native plant species. The plants then fall over in the autumn leaving no root structure to hold the banks in place – leading to huge areas of rapid erosion. The good news is they are very easy to pull out by hand and it is satisfying to stand back at the end of the day and see the huge pile you have pulled up.

**WELLIES RECOMMENDED**

Meeting point: outside The Volunteer Centre, near the depot compound. Postcode is RH13 0AA; the OS map ref is TQ176 295


 

 

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