Berrylands Nature Reserve - Community Conservation Volunteering Day

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Berrylands Nature Reserve

Stirling Walk

Surbiton

KT5 9HY

United Kingdom

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Join in with a conservation day helping to improve Berrylands Nature Reserve for the local community and its wildlife!

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We’re excited to be back organising community volunteering in Berrylands, and with little practical work able to take place since early spring there is lots to do.

Much of the work to care for, maintain and improve our local community nature reserve is done entirely by passionate local volunteers. If you would like to lend a hand please sign up to join in, no previous experience is necessary.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but one thing that we do ask that those under 14 are accompanied by an adult. Those aged 14-18 may volunteer alone, but with parental consent forms to be completed in advance.

Our sessions are running a bit differently than usual at the moment to minimise risks to volunteers and other site visitors, with activities limited to a maximum of 6 volunteers, and booking in advance strictly necessary.

What we will be doing:

The focus of this session will be weeding and mulching some of our young tree saplings around Berrylands Nature Reserve.

As a group we have planted lots of saplings over recent years and to be able to establish properly, and ensure they get the water and nutrients they need, the space around them needs to be kept clear of competing vegetation. The addition of mulch also helps supress the future growth of competing grasses and other vegetation, improves the soil, and helps protects the fragile roots through the winter.

We will have 2 groups doing this seperately in different areas of the site, enabling more volunteers to be involved, and get more done!

  • Group A - Will be working on the saplings around the Wildlife Pond area of the nature reserve.
  • Group B - Will be working on the saplings along the fence line at the Elmbridge Avenue end of the nature reserve.

If you have your own gardening hand tools (trowels & hand forks) you are welcome to bring them, but we will have a supply to lend if you don't.

To do this safely we will be temporarily closing off the areas where volunteers will be working, allowing them to maintain appropriate social distance from each other and other site visitors.

Booking a place:

We usually run events where you can just drop-in on the day, but for now booking in advance will be necessary, in order to keep attendees within allowed numbers and to ensure we all have the information we need from each other.

To help with tracing and contacting volunteers you will be asked to provide address and phone contact details when booking. Information provided will be kept securely and may be provided to national or local Track and Trace services on request.

  • Book a place and provide all necessary information.
  • Anyone not booked will not be allowed to participate.
  • Please don’t book a place if you aren’t confident you will be able to make the session, as doing so would prevent others from being involved who might like to be.
  • We will be running a waiting list so if after booking you discover you can no longer make the event please let us know ASAP, so we can offer the place to someone else.

Who should volunteer:

  • Do not attend volunteer sessions if you or any members of your household or support bubble have any recognised Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Please do not volunteer if you are considered “Extremely Clinically Vulnerable” by the NHS or national government guidelines.
  • Please carefully consider the added risk of volunteering if you are considered “Clinically Vulnerable”, aged over 70, or any members of your household or support bubble are at an elevated risk.

What to bring:

To reduce the risk of virus transmission between volunteers, unlike normal, we won’t be providing refreshments or lending gloves.

  • If you have your own gardening hand tools (trowels & hand forks) you are welcome to bring them, but we will have a supply to lend.
  • Please bring your own work or gardening gloves.
  • Please bring your own drinking water.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitiser to allow you to regularly clean and disinfect your hands before, after, and throughout the session.
  • If you would like to bring and wear your own face covering you are welcome to do so, but this will not be mandatory. Wearing a face covering will not reduce the necessity to maintain safe social distance throughout the event.
  • Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the conditions, weather, and planned activity.
  • This will usually be sturdy shoes or wellies (as the ground is uneven can get very muddy), and clothes you don’t mind getting grubby, ideally with trousers & long sleeves (to avoid stings, cuts and grazes from things like nettles and brambles found throughout the site).

On the day:

  • Please arrive in good time for the start of the volunteer session at the meeting point on Stirling Walk, in front of Berrylands Scout Hut.
  • Before commencing work a member of the team will give a briefing on the activities you will be carrying out, using tools safely, general Health & Safety considerations, and any additional Covid-19 specific measures.
  • Throughout the event you should maintain 2m distance from other volunteers and site visitors. Activities will be designed to accommodate this, and where necessary measures will be taken to help keep volunteers and other site visitors appart.
  • Sessions will be shorter than usual as toilet and hand washing facilities will not be available on site, to reduce the need for breaks, and to minimise disruption to other site visitors. Hand sanitiser and disinfectant cleaning wipes will be available.
  • Tools will be carefully disinfected before and after each session, and you will be allocated a specific tool (or tools) to use throughout the day. You should not share tools or equipment with other volunteers.
  • While we have tried to reduce risk as much as possible, all social and physical interactions carry a degree of risk of Covid-19 transmission. Please be aware that the risk you are willing to accept may not be the same as the risk others are willing to accept.

If you have any questions about volunteering with us please do drop us an email to: berrylandsnr@gmail.com


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Berrylands Nature Reserve

Stirling Walk

Surbiton

KT5 9HY

United Kingdom

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Organiser Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve

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We are a local community group run by passionate volunteers, who organise regular activities and events in order to maintain, improve and promote the green spaces of Berrylands, connecting people with their local natural environment and it’s wildlife!

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