Come and join in the fun! There’s nothing like being outside working on the heath all day with the vols.
Canon team-building task with RACV on one of the tumuli. There are now many heather seedlings emerging here.
For details on the amazing conservation work done on the heath over the past ten years by students from the Reigate Grammar School Duke of Edinburgh scheme, see here.
Bell Heather Erica cinerea
Two more task days on the heath this spring:
Sun. 28 Feb 2016. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR – Heather Restoration. Continuing the heather restoration programme on this nationally important site. Come along and discover why, what appears a destructive task cutting trees down, has a greater ecological benefit here. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.
Sun. 3 April 2016. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR – Heather Restoration. Continuing the heather restoration programme on this nationally important site. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ 239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.
WHAT TO BRING: Enthusiasm! Suitable work clothes – these should be comfortable, but hardwearing and allow ease of movement, but close fitting. Most experienced volunteers work on a layered clothing principle to keep you warm in winter, cool in summer. Good waterproofs – just in case! A jacket or cagoule and over-trousers made of waxed cotton, or breathable fabrics such as Gortex is ideal. Don’ t rely on thin nylon cagoules, they don’ t keep you warm or dry. A pair of work gloves. Stout footwear- boots or wellies. If you’ re buying a new pair get steel toe capped ones for extra protection. A pack lunch – we provide clean water to wash and drink with, together with our own tea & coffee kit. Why not bring some homemade goodies to share! Sun hats & sun cream. Anti – tetanus jabs – not compulsory, but if you come out regularly we strongly recommend you keep your immunisation up to date. If you need a lift to and from site, please ask, as this can be arranged. Whilst most tasks are local and fairly accessible, we encourage volunteers to walk, cycle or car share.
Everyone is welcome, especially new faces! No previous experience is needed! You can stay as long or as short as you like. We normally finish around 4pm. There is no age limit, although volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, or have a designated adult responsible for them.
Each task is lead by a skilled & experienced leader, who will explain at the start of each task:
-What we are doing and the reasons why
-How we are going to do it
-Site safety and the safe & correct use of tools
You’ ll soon find you’ ll pick it up, and other volunteers will help you too. Before you know it, you’ ll be have a great time, promoting a worthwhile cause and getting to see some wonderful wildlife and landscape into the bargain. Not to mention the like minded people you’ ll befriend! So, why not join us in looking after your local countryside. If you’ d like further information, or have any questions to ask, please ring: Simon 01737 242644 Or see our website: http://www.racv.org.uk