See the Trust's Volunteering Diary for reports on all the latest activities, with pictures, and a list of upcoming volunteering events.
Nature Conservation Volunteering in Kingston-upon-Thames
The Environment Trust has been successful in securing funding from the City Bridge Trust to promote nature conservation volunteering in the neighbouring Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames. Over the 12 months from September 2012, we hope to be able to partner with a range of existing organisations across the borough to support their volunteering efforts to improve the local environment.
We would also like to hear from schools who have an interest in incorporating some element of nature conservation volunteering into the curriculum as has successfully been achieved recently with Twickenham Academy. Alternatively, you may like to start up a new group dedicated to improving your local green space in Kingston.
The Environment Trust has over 25 years of experience in green space and heritage conservation, and with the support of the Southwest London Environment Network (SWLEN) and the Conservation Volunteers (formerly BTCV) is able to provide the staff time and tools needed to support community green space initiatives.
Whatever your interest, please get in touch with
or call our admin team at 020-8891-5455.
Corporate Volunteering opportunities with the Environment Trust - latest information is here.
Ivybridge in Bloom initiative
On a freezing January day the Environment Trust launched its Ivybridge in bloom initiative in partnership with Hounslow Homes and BTCV. Over 80 local people braved the cold and planted a total of 1500 bulbs. This is part of a new initiative for the Trust to run environmental, community projects in areas of relative deprivation outside the borough of Richmond. We are grateful to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for funding this project.
Clearing the Melancholy Walk at Ham
42 volunteers braved the hostile weather to work on the clearance:
See the Difference: Helping Londoners look after their environment
Watch our volunteers in action, and learn how you can help support our volunteering and education programmes.
Volunteering: It’s fun!
Do you like to spend time outside? Why not take part in our regular practical work mornings. You can help us to maintain and improve valuable public sites and local landmarks for the benefit of the whole community. You too can help to promote and enhance the diversity of plants, insects, and aquatic life.
At the same time, you can pleasantly improve your practical skills in safe use of tools and learn more about our environment, the river and its ecology. We all benefit from the greater awareness of the natural environment and sense of responsibility for its care and protection amongst local residents and interest groups.
It’s easy too!
We have lots of different opportunities for supervised practical work and instruction as needed.
You don’t need any special knowledge or skills and everybody is welcome. All you need is to be reasonably fit, dress to get wet and dirty and have a good sense of humour! Tools, equipment and gloves are supplied.
Children and young people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
You can choose from regular gardening and maintenance at Kilmorey Mausoleum and Vineyard Passage Burial Ground. Or you can take part in monthly events around the Borough, often with a focus on the Thames and its immediate surroundings.
We work closely with BTCV, Richmond Council, Thames Landscape Strategy and other landowners like the Royal Parks and Friends of Strawberry Hill who welcome the contribution our volunteers make.
View the latest schedule on the right-hand side of this page.
It’s not just for individuals! We run corporate volunteer days during normal working hours for companies who wish their staff to undertake conservation work as part of their internal programmes.
The company benefits, the environment benefits and we do too. The income this provides helps us to employ a part time Volunteer Coordinator so we can extend the work we do. In particular, we will provide more opportunities for a wider range of volunteers including people with physical or learning difficulties.
View our new corporate volunteering leaflet here.
See the current Volunteering Schedule on the right-hand side of this page.