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A printed list of the group's conservation tasks and other activities is produced twice a year. A separate newsletter is produced twice a year – see the news page.

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

September 2018 – March 2019 Programme (PDF - 135kbyte)
September 2018 – March 2019 Programme (.docx - 23kbyte)
September 2018 – March 2019 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.

Autumn – Winter 2018/19 Programme
Sun. 9 SepParndon Moat Marshannual sedge cutLinda
Sun. 23 SepNetteswell Plantationfootbridge installation (1: deck part 1)Andrew
Sun. 7 OctNetteswell Plantationfootbridge installation (2: deck part 2)
& scrub clearance
Sun. 21 OctNetteswell Plantationfootbridge installation (3: posts III & IV)
& scrub clearance
Sun. 4 NovNetteswell Plantationfootbridge installation (4: posts II & V)
& scrub clearance
Sun. 18 NovNetteswell Plantationfootbridge installation (5: posts VI)
& scrub clearance
 Revised programme
Sun. 25 NovNetteswell Plantationfootbridge installation (6: posts I & deck 3)
& scrub clearance
Wed. 28 Nov,
HCV meal outLinda
Sun. 2 DecNetteswell Plantationfootbridge installation (7: parapets 1)
& scrub clearance
Sun. 9 DecNetteswell Plantationfootbridge installation (8: parapets 2)
& scrub clearance
Sun. 16 Dectask cancelled
Wed. 19 DecParndon WoodXmas coppicePatrick Bailly
Sun. 30 DecMarshgate SpringStodgebuster!
cutting reeds & dismantling old boardwalk
Sun. 13 JanStort Valley Meadowscoppicing willow along ditch bank (1)TBD
Sun. 27 JanHawkenbury Meadowwillow & sycamore removalTBD
Extra date
Sun. 3 Feb
Oakwood Pondinstalling 3 simple benches (part 1)Andrew
Sun. 10 FebStort Valley Meadowscoppicing willow along ditch bank (2)TBD
Wed. 13 Feb, 7.30pmHCV planning meeting at The Moorhen
Extra date
Sun. 17 Feb
Oakwood Pondinstalling 3 simple benches (part 2)Andrew
Sun. 24 FebParndon Lock Meadowsrepair lookout & other tasks (1)Andrew
Sun. 10 MarParndon Lock Meadowsrepair lookout & other tasks (2)Andrew
Sun. 24 MarStort Valley Meadowscoppicing willow along ditch bank (3)
& mowing path through restored wildflower meadow
 Provisional dates: 7th April, 21st April (Easter Sunday), 5th May, and fortnightly thereafter

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, if you are between 16 and 18 years old your parent or guardian must sign a consent form – please contact the HCV Secretary. Children under 16 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 email alerts when a new task programme is available or about other items of interest please sign up for the HCV Yahoo! Group by pressing the button below. (If you don't already have a Yahoo! login you may have to set one up - this shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes.)
Alternatively send a (blank) email to harlowconsvols-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk.

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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