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   Current Programme

Please note that due to COVID19 (novel corona virus) all HCV tasks and other meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

A printed list of the group's conservation tasks and other activities is produced twice a year.

You can download the most recent printed task programme as a MSWord (.docx) or PDF files (for Adobe Acrobat) from here:

January – June 2020 Programme (PDF - 224kbyte)
January – June 2020 Programme (.docx - 24kbyte)
January – June 2020 Programme (MSWord97-2003 (.doc) - 39kbyte)

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

HCV Worksite Locations (583kbyte)

If you would like to receive a physical copy of the task list or newsletter in the post please contact the secretary.

The following is a summary of the current programme of Sunday tasks.
For midweek tasks see the Greenteam volunteers programme.
Links to pages with directions to sites and more information about the work will be added when created.
Note: late changes not in the printed programme are highlighted in orange.

Winter – Spring 2020 Programme
Sun. 12 JanuaryMarshgate Springhedge laying (2)Andrew
Sun. 26 JanuaryStort Valley Meadowscoppicing willow along ditch bank (3)Andrew
Sun. 9 FebruaryBrenthall & Barnsley WoodsTask CancelledAndrew
Sun. 23 FebruaryStort Valley Meadowscoppicing willow along ditch bank (4)TBD
Marshgate Springhedge laying (3)Andrew
Sun. 8 MarchBrenthall & Barnsley Woodsride management & glade clearance (3)Andrew

All HCV tasks and other meetings cancelled until further notice

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 strong footwear (work boots, walking boots, or wellies 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, as well as tea and coffee.

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 BTCV and other organizations in Essex, Herts, and London, and elsewhere in SE England see the Training page.

The above documents should be Acrobat 6.x (PDF v1.5) compatible. You can access the download area of the Adobe® web site to download the latest version of the free Acrobat® Reader® software by clicking here Get Acrobat Reader .


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