|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)
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 January||Marshgate Spring||hedge laying (2)||Andrew|
|Sun. 26 January||Stort Valley Meadows||coppicing willow along ditch bank (3)||Andrew|
|Sun. 9 February||Brenthall & Barnsley Woods||Task Cancelled||Andrew|
|Sun. 23 February||Stort Valley Meadows||coppicing willow along ditch bank (4)||TBD|
|Marshgate Spring||hedge laying (3)||Andrew|
|Sun. 8 March||Brenthall & Barnsley Woods||ride management & glade clearance (3)||Andrew|
All HCV tasks and other meetings cancelled until further notice
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
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