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)
March – September 2018 Programme (PDF - 131kbyte)
March – September 2018 2018 Programme (.docx - 25kbyte)
March – September 2018 2018 Programme (MSWord97-2003 (.doc) - 41kbyte)
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.
Spring – Summer 2018 Programme
|Sun. 11 Mar||Vicarage Wood||coppicing & bramble reduction||Andrew|
|Maymeads Marsh||tree planting||Colin|
|Sun. 25 Mar||Pandon Wood||pond clearance &|
wood prep for bridge
|Sun. 8 Apr||Stort Valley Meadows|
(Town Park Marsh)
installing interpretation board &
|Sun. 22 Apr||Pandon Wood||wood prep for bridge &|
HCV tool maintenance
|Sun. 6 May||Pandon Wood||wood prep for bridge &|
|Sun. 20 May||Pandon Wood||wood prep for bridge &||Andrew|
|Marshgate Spring||repair style||Colin|
|Sun. 3 Jun||Pandon Wood||wood prep for bridge &||Andrew|
|pos. Marshgate Spring||dismantle old boardwalk||Colin|
|Sun. 17 Jun||Maymeads Marsh||Himalayan balsam removal||Colin|
|Sun. 1 Jul||Pandon Wood||wood prep for bridge &|
pos. other work TBD
|Sun. 8 Jul||Town Park (nr. bandstand) &|
Stort Valley Meadows
|Wildflower Meadow day||Colin|
|Sun. 15 Jul||Netteswell Plantation||scrub or trail clearance||Andrew|
|Sun. 29 Jul||Parndon Lock Meadows||repair & woodstaining of lookout||Colin|
|Wed. 8 Aug, 7.30pm||HCV planning meeting at The Moorhen|
|Sun. 12 Aug||Day out to EWT Chafford Gorges Nature Park||Linda|
|Sun. 26 Aug||Stort Valley Meadows|
(Town Park Marsh)
remove alien spieces
|Sun. 9 Sep||Brenthall & Barnsley Woods||sycamore thinning||Linda|
|Sun. 23 Sep||Marshgate Spring||coppicing willow||Ilona|
| Provisional dates: 7th, 21st October, 4th November, 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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