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)
January - May 2017 Programme (revised) (PDF - 226kbyte)
January - May 2017 Programme (revised) (.docx - 22kbyte)
January - May 2017 Programme (revised) (MSWord97-2003 (.doc) - 36kbyte)
For directions to the various worksites please download the the following document with sketch-maps and OS grid references.
HCV Worksite Locations (547kbyte)
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 2017 Programme (revised)
|Mon. 2 Jan|
|Parndon Lock Meadows||plant hedge around new look-out platform||Colin|
|Sun. 15 Jan||Parndon Lock Meadows||clear up after work on hedge along Cat Lane||Colin|
|Sun. 29 Jan||Parndon Moat Marsh||sedge cutting||Linda|
|Sun. 12 Feb||Mark Hall Woods||open up original ride||Andrew|
|Sun. 26 Feb||Maymeads Marsh LNR||clear reeds in front of hide|
& paint inside hide
|Sun. 12 Mar||Mark Hall Woods||coppicing along rides & paths||Andrew|
|Sun. 26 Mar||Brenthall & Barnsley Woods||clearing bramble along rides|
& sycamore thinning
|Wed. 5 Apr, 7.30pm||HCV planning meeting at The Moorhen|
|Sun. 9 Apr||Parndon Wood LNR||repair story-telling area seating|
& HCV tool maintenance
|Sun. 23 Apr||Stort Valley Meadows|
(Town Park Marsh)
|cutting grass on orchid meadow path||Colin|
|Maymeads Marsh||clear reeds from pool|
|Sun. 7 May||Maymeads Marsh||repaint hide||Colin|
|Sun. 21 May||Peace Wood|
|install rustic bench for |
Harlow's 70th Anniversary
|Sun. 28 May||day out to Wandlebury Country Park near Cambridge||Linda|
| Provisional dates: 4 June 2017 and fortnightly thereafter|
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
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
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or about other items of interest please sign up for the
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Alternatively send a (blank) email to
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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