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   Current Programme


Following the initial lockdown, when HCV ceased all activities, practical tasks have been resumed with measures designed to ensure "COVID-19 secure" workplace conditions.

Volunteers will work in groups of 6 maximum (leader + 5 volunteers) for the day. Groups will work in different areas to avoid mixing. Volunteers will maintain minimum physical distancing of 2m. Certain activities occasionally need closer working down to 1m for general safety reasons: this will be of very short duration and is entirely a matter of individual choice.

If you should be self-isolating in accordance with government guidance, please do not attend an HCV task.

Those classified as clinically extremely vulnerable or clinically vulnerable to COVID should consider carefully whether to attend in the light of government guidance.

For the time being no refreshments will be provided. Please bring drinking water and your own tea, coffee, packed lunch etc. We provide tools, which will be disinfected before use, and between users, but you are welcome to bring your own loppers, bowsaws etc. if you have them. We are providing general PPE: work gloves, hard hats etc., for volunteers to keep and bring again.

Volunteers are asked to book to attend a task: for the whole day, 10am till approx. 3.00 - 3.30pm, or the morning only, 10am till approx. 12.30-1pm, or afternoon only 1pm till approx. 3.00 - 3.30pm. If for any reason you cannot come after all, please let the leader know.

A detailed risk assessment has been produced.
HCV COVID-19 Risk Assessment (PDF - 172kbyte)

In view of the need to restrict numbers we are not currently publishing the task programme on the website. Regular volunteers on the email list will be sent an electronic version of the current task programme. If you think you might like to volunteer please send an email to:

Alternatively if you would like to receive a physical copy of the task programme in the post please contact the secretary.

For directions to the various worksites please download the the following document with sketch-maps and OS grid references.

HCV Worksite Locations (583kbyte)

Task Information

Tasks start at 10.00am. Most end at about 3.30-4pm. Everyone is welcome and your help will be valued for whatever time you can spare. However, children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for them at all times. No previous experience is necessary. Instruction will be given in techniques and safe working practice.

What to bring
You'll need sturdy footwear, e.g. work boots (steel toe-capped), walking boots, or wellingtons for wet sites, old (warm) clothes, and waterproofs. Please bring a mug and a packed lunch. Sun protection is advisable (even in winter). We provide tools and protective gear.

Health and Insurance
Insurance cover is arranged for the group on task. An up-to-date anti-Tetanus injection is strongly advised for most outdoor activities. If you think you may not be covered on this or are concerned about any other health issues, you should consult your GP.

Task programme alerts

If you would like to receive emails we send out when a new task programme is available or from time to time when there is a change to the work or there are events of interest please send an email to:
You can of course unsubscribe anytime via the above email address.

HCV Newsletter Archive

Back issues of the HCV newsletter can be found in the newsletter archive


For a list of conservation related training courses, both practical and natural history, by TCV and other organizations in Essex, Herts, and London, and elsewhere in SE England see the Training page.

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