Summer Programme 2012

We normally meet at 09:30 in West Herts College Car Park,Dacorum Way (off the Marlowes), Hemel Hempstead, HP11HD (O.S: TL 054074) unless otherwise stated. Bring stout footwear/wellies, waterproofs and warm working clothes. If you intend to stay all day then bring a packed lunch, something to drink and some sun tan lotion!
Please meet at the College if possible to share cars. Many of our sites have very limited parking; car sharing also helps to reduce traffic and pollution. If you wish to go directly to the site please check with a member of the Committee in case details have changed.
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Sat 9th Jun Orchid survey, Aston Clinton Ragpits O.S: SP 88831083, HP22 5NJ
BBOWT have asked us to help in their annual orchid count. No experience necessary. The warden will train us how to recognise the various orchid flowers and teach us how to do the count. We will spend 2-3 hours on the survey and will have time to go for a walk after lunch.
Leader: John B
Sat 23rd Jun Environment Celebration Day, St. Johns Church Boxmoor, HP1 1JY
An Environment Fair is being held in and around St. Johns Church Boxmoor to celebrate and encourage people to take care of our immediate surroundings, our town, country and planet. HHCV is having a stand and display of the work we do to protect our environment. We will need volunteers to man the stand – please contact Jay and volunteer for an hour or two.
Leader: Jay
Sun 24th Jun Cholesbury Common, near Chesham O.S: SP932072, HP5 2UH
The Hawridge & Cholesbury Commons Preservation Society have long term goals of heather regeneration. As part of this scheme we will carry out a mixture of grassland management tasks; including gorse removal and bracken slashing. Afterwards, our customary visit to the hostelry opposite.
Leader: Chris
Sun 8th Jul Croxley Common Moor, O.S: TQ081951.
A return visit to work with the Friends of Croxley Common Moor volunteers to help maintain the rich and diverse plant life that has resulted from centuries of grazing. The 100 acres of historic grassland straddles the flood plain of the River Gade, close to Watford. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the rarity of its plant life; also a Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
Leader: Friends of Croxley Common Moor
Wed 11th Jul Planning Meeting, The Kings Arms”, King Street, Tring, HP23 6BE
In the middle of each programme we meet to plan for the next one. Meet at the “Post Office Arms”, 46 Puller Road, Hemel, HP1 1QN, O.S: TL045065 at 1945hr. All are welcome and you don’t have to be on the committee to attend. Suggestions for new tasks and events are especially welcome.
Sun 22nd Jul Shrubhill Common, Hemel Hempstead O.S: TL035074
This lovely common in Long Chaulden, is a mixture of woodland and open grassland - it is a valuable green space within the urban environment. We will be assisting the Friends of Shrubhill Common. Today’s task consists of mowing, scrub clearing and ragwort pulling (for which gloves must be worn). Our previous summer mowing of the paths to encourage Bird's Foot Trefoil resulted in an amazing threefold increase in the numbers of Common Blue butterflies.
Leader: John E
Tue 7th Aug Sheethanger Common, Box Moor Trust, O.S: TL 035053, HP3 0DJ
A joint task with the Box Moor Trust conservation volunteers to cut back invasive dogwood that is encroaching onto the grassland on Sheethanger Common. Some of the Box Moor volunteers have joined us on our Tuesday tasks; today we will meet up with all the other volunteers and join them in their work. We will not meet at West Herts College. Meet at the car park opposite the old Boxmoor Golf Club on Box Lane.
Leader: Box Moor Trust
Sun 19th Aug 120 Green End, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1RT, and afterward at Rough Patch, 25-31 Weymouth Street, Apsley O.S: TL056053
A day building bat/bird boxes, lacewing apartments, bumble bee homes, etc. If you have any other ideas for what to build – please email Vicky. Bring some carpentry tools (and workmate) if you have them. We will email out some plans beforehand and ask people to bring along suitable wood. In the afternoon we will put up some of the boxes in the Rough Patch and keep the rest for future tasks. You don’t need to be a skilled DIY person - there will be lots to do for everyone. We will not meet at West Herts College. Come direct to 120 Green End Rd.
Leader: Vicky