May – June 2021

Sun. 9 May. HOLMESDALE PROJECT & KITCHEN COPSE SNCI/AW BLETCHINGLEY – Bluebells & Tree Planting Maintenance. We’ll be checking on our tree planting, designed to link up the existing woodland blocks to create a 4km woodland. Our version of rewilding! Come and also see the ground flora in this lovely Sibelco owned ancient woodland, leased to the Surrey Wildlife Trust. on the adjoining fields. Meet in the track to Kitchen Copse, off Place Farm Road Grid ref: TQ 327523/Postcode: RH1 4QR.

Sun. 23 May. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR – Heather Restoration. The start of another season of our heather restoration work, on this important Reigate & Banstead owned site. By far the most protected of all the sites we work on, but also under the greatest pressure. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

Sun 6 June. GLEBE LAKE – Wetland Planting. NEW SITE A new site owned by J & J Franks. They’ve re-restored and enhanced this lake for nature conservation and today we’re helping out by planting up the margins with native plant species. Meet by the lake. Grid Ref: TQ309514/Postcode: RH1 4HN. Access off A25 along J & J Franks Quarry entrance.

Sun. 20 June. REIGATE HEATH SSSI & LNR – Heather Restoration. Continuing our heather restoration work, on this important Reigate & Banstead owned site. By far the most protected of all the sites we work on, but also under the greatest pressure. Meet in the Flanchford Road car park. Grid ref: TQ239503/Postcode: RH2 8AB.

Thurs 24 June. GLEBE LAKE – Wetland Planting. MID WEEK TASK NEW SITE A new site owned by J & J Franks. They’ve re-restored and enhanced this lake for nature conservation and today we’re helping out by planting up the margins with native plant species. Meet by the lake. Grid Ref: TQ309514 RH1 4HN. Access off A25 along J & J Franks Quarry entrance.

SSSI Denotes Site of Special Scientific Interest, namely that it is of national importance and has the highest level of national nature conservation protection.

SNCI Denotes Site of Nature Conservation Importance, namely that it is of countywide importance. LNR Denotes site is designated as a Statutory Local Nature Reserve. AW Denotes this wood is shown on the Ancient Woodland Inventory for Surrey

All Tasks Start at 10am, unless otherwise stated.

WHAT TO BRING: • Enthusiasm! • Suitable work clothes – these should be comfortable, but hardwearing and allow ease of movement, but close fitting. Most experienced volunteers work on a layered clothing principle to keep you warm in winter, cool in summer. • Good waterproofs – just in case! A jacket or cagoule and over-trousers made of waxed cotton, or breathable fabrics such as Gortex is ideal. Don’t rely on thin nylon cagoules, they don’t keep you warm or dry. • A pair of work gloves. • Stout footwear- boots or wellies. If you’re buying a new pair get steel toe capped ones for extra protection. • A pack lunch and drink. • Hand sanitizer and water to wash with. • Face Mask • Sun hats & sun cream. • Anti – tetanus jabs – not compulsory, but if you come out regularly, we strongly recommend you keep your immunisation up to date.

Everyone is welcome, especially new faces! No previous experience is needed! You can stay as long or as short as you like. We normally finish around 4pm. There is no age limit, although volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, or have a designated adult responsible for them. Each task is led by a skilled & experienced leader, who will explain at the start of each task: • What we are doing and the reasons why • How we are going to do it • Site safety and the safe & correct use of tools • Covid19 compliant measures

You’ll soon find you’ll pick it up, and other volunteers will help you too. Before you know it, you’ll be having a great time, promoting a worthwhile cause and getting to see some wonderful wildlife and landscape into the bargain. Not to mention the likeminded people you’ll befriend! So, why not join us in looking after your local countryside. If you’d like further information, or have any questions to ask, please ring: Simon 01737 242644 Or see our website: www.racv.org.uk

COVID 19 REGULATIONS. All Volunteers attending the task must have booked in advance, providing both their mobile contact number (for track and trace) and their emergency contact number (ie nearest and dearest for the day). There will be no signing in on the day. There are no more than 30 volunteers permitted on the task. All Volunteers must observe social distancing both within the group and public. Ie 2m. Volunteers should be reminded to sneeze or cough into their elbow and avoid touching their face. Work back to back or side to side rather than face to face. When working on public sites, the public will be advised of the task by signage, word of mouth, and advanced notification before task. The public will be asked to observe social distances from Volunteers, and Volunteers should work away from well used public paths on open spaces. A Volunteer should not not attend the task, if they or anyone in their household has coronavirus symptoms, or has tested positive in the last 2 weeks. If a Volunteer, or any member of their household is classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, they should not attend the task. Volunteers are encouraged to travel to and from task separately or in family bubbles. The task leader will explain Covid 19 safety measures at start of each task, in addition to the normal site and safety talk. Particular attention to social distancing at this point in the task will be needed. All Volunteers are asked bring their own hand sanitizer and water to wash with. There will be water and soap provided, but we wish to minimise shared contact of kit. Hand cleansing should be encouraged on arrival and departure and before eating or drinking. The use of hand sanitizer alone is not suitable on projects where hands are likely to get heavily soiled. Mud and other soiling will need to be washed off before using hand sanitizer. Whilst not required to be worn outside, all Volunteers are asked to bring their own face masks to get into the routine of carrying these, as standard best practice. All Volunteers should bring their own food and drink. there will be no communal tea kit. All Volunteers should bring their own work gloves. there will be no Group/communal gloves provided. Gloves should be worn opening gates or touching site furniture. To minimise the shared use of hand tools, Volunteers are asked to bring their own where appropriate, and will be informed of what tools are needed by the task organiser for each task as part of the booking system. At the start of the task, the task leader will check such tools are fit for purpose, correctly maintained and sharp; and remind Volunteers that these are not to be shared. If Group tools are to be used, these will be allocated on an individual basis to each volunteer at the start of the task and are not be to be shared. They will be returned at the end of the task and cleaned in accordance with TCV tool cleaning protocol set out in Appendix A (see below). An upgraded and Covid 19 First Aid Kit will be provided, and all First Aiders have been briefed on Covid 19 procedures. If a Volunteer falls ill or develops a high temperature or other suspected C19 symptoms during the task, they must inform the task leader and leave the site safely immediately and self-isolate. It may be necessary to terminate the task and all volunteers reported into track and trace, at the discretion of the task leader. If a Volunteer falls ill or has a high temperature or other suspected C19 symptoms days after attending a task, they must inform the task organiser.