Work parties take place every other Sunday from September to March each year and include biodiversity management and monitoring work. Whilst all sessions are dependent on weather, most work goes ahead as planned. The tasks carried out are as specified in the Heath Management Plan and include sapling control, dry hedging and heather seeding. See our dates below.
Some summer tasks, such as path restoration and bracken control, are added when the work is required.
In the winter months we work on maintaining the mosaic habitats of the heath, by controlling encroachment of saplings and bramble into the previously open areas. There are plenty of tasks involved, from sapling removal, cutting of brash and bramble, and raking. Prunings, whips and other brash is often woven into dry hedges. This is all great experience for young people hoping to develop a career in this area.
You do not need special skills and all ages are welcome.
We meet at either the Little School Car Park in Heath Road, or the Sussex Road Car Park, at 10am. The sessions last for about 3 hours. Alternatively look for our sail flag! Please bring your own refreshments.
You should bring waterproof and/or windproof clothing, good strong gloves and protective footwear. If you have tools such as shears, small saws, bill-hooks or spades, these can be useful.
Contact Mark Greef for further details of each session…but the best thing to do is come along and watch or participate, or just enjoy being on the Heath.
Sunday Work Parties Winter Season 2017-2018
October 1, 15, 29
November 5*, 26
January 7, 21
February 4, 18
*avoiding Remembrance Sunday