A printed list of the group's conservation tasks and other activities is produced
roughly twice a year. You can download the most recent printed task programme from here:
November 2022 – March 2023 Programme (PDF - 127kbyte)
November 2022 – March 2023 Programme (OpenDocument Format text doc (.odt) - 38kbyte)
November 2022 – March 2023 Programme (MSWord (.docx) - 30kbyte)
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)
The following is a summary of the current programme of Sunday tasks.
For midweek tasks see the Greenteam volunteers programme.
Note: late changes not in the printed programme are highlighted in orange.
Spring – Summer 2023 Programme
|Sun. 30 Apr|
|Stort Valley Meadows||dead hedging||Andrew|
|Sun. 30 Apr|
|Marshgate Spring||tidy up||Andrew|
|Sun. 7 May|
|Parndon Moat Marsh||otter holt construction (1)||Andrew|
|Mon. 8 May||Parndon Moat Marsh||otter holt construction (2)||Andrew|
|Sun. 14 May||Parndon Moat Marsh||otter holt construction (3)|
boardwalk construction (1)
|Sun. 21 May|
|Parndon Moat Marsh||boardwalk construction (2)|
otter holt construction (4)
|Sat. 27 May||Day out to EWT Langdon Reserve||Linda|
|Sun. 28 May||Stort Valley Meadows||wildflower meadow spring cut||Andrew|
|Sun. 4 June|
|Parndon Moat Marsh||boardwalk construction (3)||Andrew|
|Sun. 11 June||Parndon Moat Marsh||boardwalk construction (4)||Andrew|
|Sun. 18 June||Parndon Wood||Tool Maintenance &|
|Sat. 24 June||Harlow Town Park||HCV stall at Fun Day|| |
|Sun. 25 June||Parndon Moat Marsh||boardwalk construction (5)||Andrew|
|Sun. 2 July|
|Marshgate Spring||Himalayan balsam removal (1)|| |
|Sun. 9 July||Parndon Moat Marsh||boardwalk construction (6)||Andrew|
|Sun. 16 July|
|Stort Valley Meadows||Himalayan balsam removal (1)|| |
|Sun. 23 July||Parndon Moat Marsh||boardwalk construction (7)|
cut back willows in moat (1)
|Sun. 30 July|
|Terlings Wood||Himalayan balsam removal (1) &|
|Sun. 6 Aug||Parndon Moat Marsh||boardwalk construction (8)|
cut back willows in moat (2)
|Sun. 13 Aug|
|Marshgate Spring||Himalayan balsam removal (2)|| |
|Sun. 20 Aug||Parndon Moat Marsh||boardwalk construction (9)|
cut back willows in moat (3)
|Sun. 27 Aug|
|Stort Valley Meadows||wildflower meadow maintenance &|
Himalayan balsam removal (2)
|Sat. 2 Sept||Harlow Museum||HCV stall at Community Fête|| |
|Sun. 3 Sept||Parndon Moat Marsh||boardwalk construction (10)|
cut back willows on edge of marsh (1)
|Sun. 10 Sept|
|Marshgate Spring||Himalayan balsam removal (3)|
willow coppicing by pond (1)
|Sun. 17 Sept||Parndon Moat Marsh||boardwalk construction (11)|
cut back willows on edge of marsh (2)
|Sat. 23 Sept||Day out (to be confirmed)||Linda|
|Sun. 24 Sept|
|Stort Valley Meadows||Himalayan balsam removal (3)|| |
|Sun. 1 Oct||Marshgate Spring||pond management||Andrew|
|Sun. 8 Oct|
|Marshgate Spring||willow coppicing by pond (2)||Andrew|
|Sun. 15 Oct||Parndon Moat Marsh||cutting/raking sedge/bramble (1)||Andrew|
|Tue. 17 Oct (eve)||HCV planning meeting at The Moorhen (TBC)|
|Sun. 22 Oct|
|Parndon Moat Marsh||cutting/raking sedge/bramble (2)||Andrew|
Tasks start at 10.00am. Morning only tasks finish by around 1.00pm. Others end at about 3.00-3.30pm.
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.
Sun protection is advisable (even in winter).
We provide tools and protective gear but you are welcome to bring your own loppers, bow-saws, work gloves etc. if you have them.
We provide tea and coffee, drinking water, and hand-washing facilities.
Please bring a mug and a packed lunch.
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.
With the ending of all coronavirus restrictions we are no longer required to take any specific measures to mitigate transmission.
However, whilst COVID-19 remains a significant risk for some, volunteers should continue to be considerate of other volunteers.
Please do not attend if you have symptoms of what might be COVID-19 or any other cold-like symptoms.
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
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