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Assist the Biodiversity Action Team!

Gardening / Outdoor work volunteers needed for The Conservation Volunteers Reading

Join in and feel good, helping to improve biodiverse in and around Reading and help us create healthier happier communities for everyone.

To keep activities safe, please follow the latest government guidance and only volunteer if:

  • You’re well
  • Nobody in your household has coronavirus symptoms (or awaiting a test result)
  • You do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus

To keep everyone safe and minimise transmission risk, we will be disinfecting tools before and after use, not tool sharing, start the session with a thorough tool talk and risk assessment, encourage social distancing, offering regular hand sanitation breaks and running shorter sessions. Booking for each session is essential as we are capping numbers to reflect current guidance.

PROJECT AIMS:

The project aims to enhance Berkshire’s biodiversity, mitigate effects of climate changes and help improve access to green spaces for everyone to enjoy. The team will be involved in various tasks such as:

  • Managing woodlands
  • Restoring heathlands
  • Hedge-laying
  • Improving public access (via path, step, fence, stile and boardwalk construction and maintenance
  • Caring for community gardens
  • Planting hedges and trees
  • And much more!!!

WHERE WILL THE REGULAR THURSDAY TASKS BE HELD?

The Biodiversity Action Team will be meeting every Thursday at various sites across Berkshire, and occasionally in neighbouring counties.

WHAT IS PROVIDED?

  • Tools and equipment
  • Work gloves for everyone (although you may wish to bring your own)
  • Trained leader(s)
  • First aid cover
  • Public and personal liability insurance
  • Refreshments (such as tea, coffee and biscuits) would normally be available (but during the pandemic, unfortunately, we are not able to provide these and instead request that you provide your own)

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

You don’t need any special skills to join in, other than a willingness to get involved and have a go and a basic level of physical fitness. We don’t ask for a commitment from anyone for more than a session at a time. We provide on-site, informal training and guidance.

Volunteers 16+ are welcome but please note Under 18’s will need written consent from a parent or guardian

WHAT TO BRING?

Please come prepared for the likely weather conditions on the day and wear suitable work clothes. We recommend sturdy boots and long-sleeved tops and trousers. If you require them, bring along your own waterproofs, camera, money and personal medication.

Contact person firstname
Buffy Harris-Jones, Senior Project Officer
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
07740899620

Location description
Across Reading and some wider parts of Berkshire
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Thu AMThu PM
Availability required
All of these times
Additional timing details
The event runs every Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Task type?
Gardening / Outdoor work
Will suit someone like this:
Wants to get out and aboutEnjoys working outside
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Yes
Is training given?
Yes
Is support given?
Yes
Are expenses paid?
No
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
No
Will there be an interview?
No
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
16
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
10
Opportunity added on
17 June 2021