Wednesday 21st Feburary Work Party

We'll be working at Vine Road, removing left over Robinia roots from the trees that were pulled out. 

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Af8KKKFaCi12 

Please let Will know if you can make it manager@barnescommon.org.uk 

 

ADVANCE NOTICE:  Sunday Work Party Dates for 2018: 

Jan 21st, Feb 11th, Mar 18th (Annual Big Litter Pick!); Apr 8th; May 13th, June 10th, July 8th, Sept 9th, Oct 7th, Nov 11th (Remembrance), Dec 9th

 

Important! We want to make sure we have enough tools - and tea n biscuits, of course! Please let us know if you can make it 

Email: mikehildesley@btinternet.com

Text or telephone: 07720 385753

Clothing:  Always dress for mess - ideally lots of layers that can be removed or replaced as needed with good protection against arms or legs getting scratched. Footwear should be appropriate to the task, ideally reinforced boots or as sturdy possible with good tread and not overlong laces.  It can be slippery and easy to trip on things like small holly and bramble.  Protective equipment suitable to task is provided and must be worn if advised by the Lead. Safety training and familiarisation with tasks, tools and machinery is provided at the start of each session.  Please always ask if you are unsure.

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We ask that you take the time to read our Handbook and sign our Code of Conduct. 

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch

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Sunday 18th March - ANNUAL LITTER CLEAN UP

Meeting points: Rocks Lane Car Park SW13 0DG and Vine Road Pavilion SW13 0NE

Time: 10.00 - 13.00 This community event is a great chance to get out on the Common, catch up with neighbours – and meet new ones!  We collect all matter of litter from all parts of the Common and reward everyone with refreshments in exchange of their full bin liners. Protective gloves and litter picks will be  

Contact for this event: enquiries@barnescommon.org.uk 

So many of you regularly collect litter on the Common and it really does make such a difference. Once a year, we also hold this event - everyone is welcome and it is a great chance to really make a difference, as well as catch up with neighbours and meet new friends! We look forward to seeing you!

Monday 12th - Friday 16th February

It's annual chipping time again, when we hire a high capacity tracked wood-chipper. Please contact Mike directly (as above) re tasks for each day. Numbers for this work are restricted for safety reasons and it is vital that we know who will be coming each day, in order to make the best use of time, the chipper, and to have all the right number of tools on hand.  Please also use the website to check for any last minute changes to plan.

Volunteers will mainly be engaged in bringing materials from the stacks to the machine, which has to be supervised by a qualified operator.  The work involves reasonably heavy lifting and dragging - but is very rewarding/satisfying! 

Help is needed:

  • Tuesday afternoon (1 or 2)
  • Thursday morning (1 or 2)  or afternoon (2 or 3)
  • Friday morning (2) or afternoon (2). 

Sunday 11th February 2018

Meet:  Vine Road Recreation Ground Storage Yard 9.45 or at work site from 10.00.

Time 10.00 - 12.30. Coffee/tea and biscuits around 11.00 - a great chance to catch up with what is happening!!

Work Site:  woods behind the 'Stepping Stones' (south/Roehampton side  of the railway; west/Richmond side of the footpath  from Barnes Station to Priory Lane) - we will start near the intersection of the path opposite Woodlands road  and the one from the station to Priory lane.

Task:  using hand saws and loppers to remove smaller holly  trees and take off lower branches of larger holly trees, and stacking  this  in preparation for wood-chipper next week.    Note:  We are committed under existing management plans and grant agreements to remove holly from 0.6ha of this woodland:  so far we have prepared about 0.3ha - taking the opportunity to make the pathway more open (perceived safety) and remove dens used by rough sleepers, as well as provide areas where we can extend plantings of hazel and sweet chestnut as part of long term woodland improvement.

Thursday 8th February

Likely tasks will be laurel/holm oak/holly cutting in preparation for wood-chipper. 

Location:  Please contact Mike (details as above) 

Start time:  10.00

Wednesday 7th February 2018

Mike is away, so no work out on the Common, but Sharon is preparing ground for our soft fruits and polytunnel, and extra help would be very welcome indeed! Please let Sharon know if you are able to join us, because we need at least three strong folk for this one!  You can find full details here 

Wednesday 31st January 2018

Mike is away, so no work out on the Common, but Sharon is preparing ground for our soft fruits and polytunnel, and extra help would be very welcome indeed!  You can find full details here

Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th January 2018

Likely tasks will be laurel/holm oak/holly cutting in preparation for wood-chipper. 

Location:  Please contact Mike (details as above) 

Start time:  10.00

Sunday 21st January 2018

We hope you will be able to join us for the first Sunday work party of the year!  

Location: Reed-bed by Beverley Brook (across the foot-bridge from The Green - then downstream along the brook near to the corner where it leaves the common).

Start time: 10.00

Thursday 18th January. 

Location: Vine Road 

Start time:  10.00 

Work may include wood clearing or other preparations at the Former Goods Yard prior to Network Rail occupation, laurel & holm oak removal, and/or more digging!

Wednesday 10th January 2018 -  - HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

It would be great to have a few pairs of hands for an hour or so of nettle digging to prepare this area of our Grassland Seed Project for sowing.  Details