Dates until March 2017 are shown below. See Next Work Parties for details of the next work party.
We litter pick once a month to support the task of Watford Council in maintaining the Park and twice a month we also support Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) with the nature reserve. Litter picking work parties are on the third Saturday of each month – meeting at 10am in the park at the kiosk near the Gade Avenue Car Park. This work party lasts for 2 hours – finishing at 12am.
Reserve work parties also meet on the third Saturday of each month – also meeting at 10am at the Gade Avenue Car Park entrance. This work party usually lasts a little longer – finishing at 1pm – but any time volunteering is better than none. The team is led by assistant warden Jon Pettifer in co-ordination with HMWT.
In addition HMWT run a reserve work party that normally meets on the Tuesday before the above . This work party is attended by FoCP members , HMWT members and others and lasts from 10am to 3pm – so bringing a picnic lunch is handy if you are able to spend the day on the reserve – again, any time volunteering is useful and better than none. This team meet at the Rustic Bridge (the bridge over the river close to the Langley Way entrance) and is led by Rob Hopkins, HMWT reserve officer.
Work programme October 2016 to March 2017
October 2016 – Tues 11th and Sat 15th – Coppicing along path by bird hide. We are coppicing overhanging trees along the path by the bird hide, the ‘arisings’ will then be used to a create a long section of ‘dead hedge’ either side of the hide.
November 2016 – Tues 15th and Sat 19th – Clearance in ponds, channel clearance. Come and join us clearing reedmace around ponds. Plus the annual job of clearing the channels of vegetation to prevent siltation. Please bring wellies!
December 2016 – Tues 13th and Sat17th – Woodland management. Creating more varied scrub habitat adjacent to the water meadows. We will be celebrating Christmas with mince pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine.
January 2017 – Tues 17th and Sat 21st – Woodland Glade creation and nest box cleaning. We will be continuing to coppice trees and shrubs within the woodland near the River Gade. This creates open glades that increase light and benefit flowers and butterflies. It also improves woodland structure with trees of different heights and maturity. Bird box maintenance as well.
February 2017 – Tues 14th and Sat 18th – Coppicing willow along water edges. In particular we will coppice along the edges of the old northern water cress beds. We are coppicing overhanging trees close to the water cress bed to stimulate new thick growth. It will be wet so please wear wellies.
March 2017 – Tues 14th and Sat 18th – as for February and other outstanding work
Come and join our friendly volunteer work parties carrying out practical nature conservation tasks to benefit wildlife. No previous experience required, just bring suitable outdoor clothing, sturdy footwear, usually wellies as much of the reserve is wet. Hot drinks are provided.
See Next Work Parties for details of up coming work.