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Berrylands Nature Reserve - Community Conservation Volunteering

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Berrylands Nature Reserve

Stirling Walk

Surbiton

KT5 9HY

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Help improve Berrylands Nature Reserve and our other local green spaces, making them better for the local community and its wildlife!

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Most of the work to care for, maintain and improve our local community green spaces is organised and undertaken entirely by passionate local volunteers. If you'd like to lend a hand please sign up to join in, no previous experience is necessary.

What we'll be doing:

Throughout the year local volunteers carry out all sorts of activities in our green spaces around Berrylands.

To improve our spaces for local wildlife we carry out jobs like:

  • Managing areas of woodland & scrub
  • Planting and caring for new trees, bulbs and other plantlife
  • Constructing habitat for all sorts of local wildlife
  • Controlling invasive plant species to allow our native flora to thrive.

We also try and make our local spaces nicer for the local community too, by doing things like:

  • Maintaining and improving paths
  • Clearing litter
  • Tending to our two local mixed fruit orchards

Booking a place:

We usually run events where you can just drop-in on the day, but at the moment due to current Covid-19 regulations booking in advance will be strictly necessary.

In order to keep attendees within allowed numbers and to ensure we all have the information we need from each other you'll 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 won't be able to participate.
  • Please don’t book if you aren’t confident you 'll be able to make the session, as doing so could prevent others from being involved.
  • If you find you can't make an event after booking please let us know ASAP, so we can offer the place to someone else.

Who should volunteer:

  • Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but 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 (send us a message to get a copy of the form).
  • Don't attend volunteer sessions if you or any members of your household or support bubble have any Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Please carefully consider the added risk of volunteering if you're considered “Extremely Clinically Vulnerable” by the NHS or national government guidelines or any members of your household or support bubble are at an elevated risk.

What to bring:

Usually we'd be able to lend things like work gloves, safety goggles, and provide refreshments and access to toilet facilities. Unforunately, to reduce the risk of virus transmission between volunteers, we're not able to offer these things just at the moment.

  • Bring your own work or gardening gloves, and eye protection glasses if appropriate.
  • Bring your own drinking water & hand sanitiser to allow you to regularly clean and disinfect your hands before, after, and throughout sessions.
  • If you want to bring and wear your own face covering you're welcome to do so, but this won't be mandatory, unless you need to carry out a task requiring any volunteers to work in particularly close proximity (we'll be trying to avoid this as much as possible).
  • 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 our green spaces).

On the day:

  • Please arrive in good time for the start of the volunteer session at the meeting point (usually in front of Berrylands Scout Hut on Stirling Walk unless otherwise stated).
  • Before starting work a member of the team will give a short briefing on the activities we'll be carrying out, using tools safely, other general Health & Safety considerations, and any additional Covid-19 specific measures.
  • Throughout the event we'll all maintain social distance from each other 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 apart.
  • Sessions will be shorter than usual as toilet and hand washing facilities won't 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 however be on hand.
  • Tools will be carefully disinfected before each session, and we'll be trying to minimise the need to share tools or equipment with other volunteers.
  • While we've tried to reduce risk as much as possible, all social and physical interactions carry a degree of risk of Covid-19 transmission. We do ask everyone to be aware that the risks some people are willing to take may different to others, so we'll endeavour to ensure everyone is as safe and comfortable as we can.

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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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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