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May 2017

Volunteer task – Westgate Parks : – River Dipping

May 30 @ 9:45 am - May 31 @ 2:00 pm
Westgate Parks,
St Peter's Place
Canterbury, CT1 2DB United Kingdom
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Volunteers can help set up and pack away also, to identify river creatures. this task runs over  2days ( each day 9.45 am - 2.00 pm)

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Volunteer task – ragwort removal at Little Burton

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Little Burton,
Kinney's Lane
Ashford, Kent TN249RD United Kingdom

Ragworts (Senecio spp.) are poisonous weeds of which Senecio jacobaea is the most common. It can become a major weed of waste or other uncultivated ground. Its ability to dominate a sward means that it is desirable to keep its spread under control. We’ll be removing it from Little Burton , one of Ashford Green Corridor’s green spaces.  If Himalayan Balsam is also rampant, we'll also tackle this as well. 

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June 2017

Volunteer task – Riverbank Planting at Westgate Gardens and Seaton

June 1 @ 9:45 am - 4:00 pm
Westgate Parks,
St Peter's Place
Canterbury, CT1 2DB United Kingdom

Last year, a number of wooden 'window box' planters were installed against the hard revetments in the Stour at Canterbury's Westgate Gardens. Some of the native wetland plants which were planted last year have not done so well and hence need replacing.  In the afternoon, we head over to the Little Stour at Seaton,  to plant-up the berms created during last winter’s programme of river restoration.

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Volunteer task – Himalayan Balsam removal (1) , Godmersham

June 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Godmersham Church,
Godmersham Park
Godmersham, CT47DT

Himalayan balsam,a relative of the busy Lizzie, reaches well over head height, and is a major weed problem, especially on riverbanks and waste land, but can also invade gardens. Because it grows so rapidly and spreads quickly, if not removed will smother other native vegetation as it goes. The River Stour stretch from Godmersham is one of the “hotspots” for this ‘invasive’ and we’ll be working to reduce its impact here.

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Volunteer task – Mowing and Pruning at Bus Company Island

June 8 @ 9:45 am - 4:00 pm
Bus Company Island,
North Lane/St Stephen's Rd
Canterbury, Kent CT2 United Kingdom

This idyllic spot, almost in the centre of Canterbury, is an invaluable sanctuary for reptiles. On this visit, we’ll be giving the meadow a summer mowing and the fruit trees a prune. This benefits the slow worm population by maintaining the warm sunny glades which they use for basking.

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Friends of King’s Wood – Extracting balsam

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
King’s Wood – Main forest car park,
White Hill
Challock, Kent TN25 4AP United Kingdom
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Extracting Balsam Join Jason Adams for  a practical morning pulling balsam.  Please bring gloves. A charge for non-members. More details -email enquiries@friendsofkingswoood.org

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Volunteer task – Himalayan Balsam removal ( 2) Godmersham

June 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

we'll be spending a second week , here at Godmersham working upstream from the A28 bridge.  

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Friends of King’s Wood – Evening nightjar walk

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
King’s Wood – Main forest car park,
White Hill
Challock, Kent TN25 4AP United Kingdom
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Nightjars Twirling Meet Steve Peters for a 2 hour evening woodland walk and experience the ventriloquial qualities of nightjars “churring”. A charge for non-members. More details -email enquiries@friendsofkingswoood.org

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Volunteer task – Himalayan Balsam removal , Givaudan

June 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Givaudan,
Willesborough Rd, Kennington
Ashford, Kent TN24 0LT United Kingdom
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We make a further effort to keep down the spread of this invasive plant on the banks of the River Stour. This time we’ll be tackling it at Givaudan, -another of the “green spaces” in the Green Corridor.  

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Volunteer task – Himalayan Balsam removal Hambrook Marshes

June 22 @ 9:45 am - 4:00 pm
Hambrook Marshes,
Whitehall Road
Canterbury, Kent CT2 United Kingdom

Both banks of the River Stour at Hambrook have an on-going issue with the spread of “invasive” Himalayan Balsam. Efforts in past years have helped to contain its spread, and will be continuing to battle its spread again this year . There may be other odd jobs to be done on the marsh as well.

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