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Walking Tour

Walking Tour

Talk and Tour of the Nature Reserve – Saturday 15th October, 2.30pm (Free)

Tony, our volunteer Wildlife Monitoring Officer will be leading a tour through the Nature Reserve on Saturday 15th October as part of the Chelmsford Ideas Festival.

The tour will include the History of the site and the industrial origins of the ponds, and the development of the Friends group and the Nature Reserve site, for the benefit of both the wildlife and local community. Observations of and information about the wildlife, both fauna and flora will be discussed during the tour.





Installation of our Sculpture Project

Saturday 19th November – 2pm

barteroakMike Barter (who created the totems at Hylands and Oaklands Parks) is sculpting some oak signs to name the different areas of the Nature Reserve.

The signs will feature carvings of birds, animals and insects and the name of the area. The signs are part of Jean Johnson’s legacy to the site.





Practical Session is Saturday 17th September – 1.30 – 3.30pm. 

mudresized2We had a brilliant session with 17 of us, including a group of Guides and their leader. We got masses of jobs done on the Nature Reserve – we don’t meet in August so there was plenty to do!

As well as the usual litter pick, we mowed paths and cut back brambles, as we don’t work on the Nature Reserve in August these had grown a lot!. The main job we did  was to cut and clear some of the reeds in the main pond. While the water level is so low – there’s only a puddle at the far end, we can get in and cut out the roots more easily. Our brave volunteers put on waders, long arm gloves and set to work with spades and hand scythes with others pulling the hippo bags of cut reeds to the shore. They did a brilliant job and we plan to continue with this work during our October session. We were all ready for our hot drinks and biscuits at the end of the session. Great work and thanks to everyone who came to help.   


Future Practical Sessions        


Saturday 15th October 1.30 – 3.30pm

Saturday 19th November 1.30 – 3.30pm

we don’t meet in December


Saturday 21st January 1.30 – 3.30pm

Saturday 18th February 1.30 – 3.30pm

AGM – Thursday 2nd March  7.30pm

Saturday 18th March 1.30 – 3.30pm

Saturday 15th April (Easter Saturday) 1.30 – 3.30pm

OPEN DAY – Saturday 20th May  1.00 – 4.00pm

Saturday 17th June 1.30 – 3.30pm

Saturday 15th July  1.30 – 3.30pm

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Green_Flag_300_x_225Green Flag Community Award
We have been awarded a Green Flag Community Award again this year! Success in this is a way to recognise all our supporters who have worked so hard on the Nature Reserve throughout the past 12 months. We can’t do it without you all!

Last year we had a ‘mystery shopper’ judge so we were unable to walk round the site with them and explain what we had been doing to develop the nature reserve. This year we again had a ‘mystery shopper’ judge, so we are waiting now to be sent the Judge’s report so we can incorporate his improvement points and any suggestions into the activities planned for the next few months.

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