Volunteering opportunities in parks and open spaces

We have two distinct offerings by our contract partners, The Conservation Volunteers.

The first of these - the Green Gyms - are based in Lloyd Park (Walthamstow) and Ridgeway Park (Chingford). The Green Gyms are a more permanent offering allowing volunteers to enjoy being based in the same location on a regular basis. This has allowed for the creation of longer term projects and the chance to work in a regular team.

There is also an on-going programme of works, including building fences, planting trees and wildflower bulbs, and creating wildlife habitats.

Projects are constantly being updated and changed so variety is assured.

The Green Gym Click to get info

The Green Gym enables volunteers to get physically active whilst improving the environment and their local community. All sessions are FREE, run weekly and everyone is welcome regardless of experience, ability or fitness. Each session provides a range of new and interesting outdoor practical conservation experiences to improve strength and stamina, boost practical skills and give the opportunity to meet others with similar interests.

Chingford

Days: The Green Gym in Chingford has sessions running every Tuesday and the last Saturday of the month.

Time: Meet at 9.45am; sessions run from 10am to 1pm.

Meeting point: At the Park Keepers office in Ridgeway Park

What to wear: We strongly recommend that you wear sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing to suit working outdoors and conditions on the day.

Refreshments: Hot drinks and bananas provided. Feel free to bring a packed lunch.

Booking onto sessions: If this is your first time volunteering with Green Gym in Chingford, please book your place in advance by emailing gg-waltham-forest@tcv.org.uk or phoning 07731 450 839.

If you are under 18: You will have to fill out a parent/guardian consent form, that you need to bring along filled in to your first session. This can be emailed to you on request.

Lloyd Park

Days: The Green Gym in Lloyd park has sessions running every Friday.

Time: Meet at 10.45am at the Stables building in Lloyd Park; sessions run from 10.45am to 2pm.

Meeting point: Stables building.

What to wear: We strongly recommend that you wear sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing to suit working outdoors and conditions on the day.

Refreshments: Hot drinks and bananas provided. Feel free to bring a packed lunch.

Booking onto sessions: If this is your first time volunteering with The Waltham Forest Green Gym, please book your place in advance by emailing gg-waltham-forest@tcv.org.uk or phoning 0208 533 8022. 

If you are under 18: You will have to fill out a parent/guardian consent form, that you need to bring along filled in to your first session. This can be emailed to you on request.

For all opportunities and information visit The Conservation Volunteers website.

Biodiversity Action Team Click to get info

The other offering is the biodiversity Action Team East. This particular project covers a large range of sites within the borough from Chingford in the North to Langthorne Park in the South. The tasks are all conservation based and previous tasks have included dead hedging, stag beetle loggeries, wildflower meadows the installation of willow structures as well as routine maintenance, such as, clearing access routes.

Projects for 2017 include:

  • The creation of a bird hide in Hawkswood Nature Reserve
  • Construction and fencing works
  • Construction of bark chip mulch pathways

Because of the mobile nature of this work please contact:

Tom Nandi - Biodiversity Action Team (East) Project Officer
Telephone: 0208 533 8022 
Mobile: 07917 267 573

The Conservation Volunteers
Lea Valley & Waltham Forest
1a Connaught Close, Leyton, London, E10 7QS

Alternatively please contact:

Adekunle Bello - Parks and Open Spaces Coordinator
Email: Adekunle.Bello@walthamforest.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8496 2657