Chalk Grassland

Chalk Grassland Conservation Volunteer

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Project Summary

Volunteers are required to help with chalk grassland restoration (ongoing), involving scrub clearance, mowing and brushcutting at various London Wildlife Trust reserves on the Croydon and Bromley greenbelt.

Need to know

  • Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • End Date: 31/12/2019
  • County: London
  • Organisation Name: London Wildlife Trust
  • Project Category: Improving habitats


Project Description

London Wildlife Trust volunteers have been carrying out chalk grassland habitat restoration for over seven years at reserves such as Hutchinson’s Bank, Saltbox Hill (SSSI) and Chapel Bank. Ongoing tasks involve scrub clearance, using hand tools and some power tools, Austrian scythes and other equipment, to improve species diversity, as well as the repair of small infrastructure (steps and gates) for conservation livestock grazing and public access. If you are interested in these please do get in touch.

 You don’t need any previous experience, we’ll show you how to use tools safely and effectively and you’ll be joining an established group of volunteers who will make you welcome out on London’s greenbelt. We run practical workdays on these reserves every Tuesday and Friday each week, along with certain Sundays, and the range of tasks allows something for all. We provide all tools, protective equipment (PPE), hot drinks and biscuits. Please wear old working clothes suitable for the weather and sturdy outdoor footwear, such as work boots. Lunch expenses and some travel costs can be reimbursed.

There are no facilities on site, although at certain locations we do have access to toilets. It is occasionally possible to offer a lift to/from the workday where space is available in the vehicle, travelling from Peckham (South London).