Enviro-heroes


Green Gym - Mansfield & Ridgefield Park

Green Gym

Green Gyms are fun and free outdoor sessions in our parks where you will be guided in practical activities such as planting trees, sowing meadows and establishing wildlife ponds.

Unlike other conservation projects, the emphasis is very much on health and fitness - volunteers warm up and cool down in preparation for a range of light to vigorous activities to suit all abilities.

Role Title

Green Gym Volunteer

Volunteer Team

Ridgeway Park (The Conservation Volunteers)

Volunteer Supervisor

Gareth Chalmers TCV

Total roles available

Various

Location of role

Mansfield Park and Ridgeway Park, Chingford E4

Purpose of a Green Gym Volunteer

To carry out gardening and conservation tasks inside Ridgeway Park

 

Main Tasks

The type of tasks typically undertaken include:

  • Planting wildflowers, bulbs, shrubs and trees
  • Fencing and building paths and steps
  • Wetland management
  • Removal of invasive species

 

Benefits

The benefits of becoming a Green gym volunteer include:

  • Improving your physical and mental health
  • Working alongside and engaging with the local community on local projects
  • Gaining a range of transferrable skills
  • Great way to improve English vocabulary relating to nature
  • Satisfaction of enabling people to engage with nature and get active in their local Green Space
  • Fun unique sessions providing a different practical conservation experience

 

Volunteering hours and duration of role

  • It is hoped that volunteers will be able to provide a minimum of 3 hours every Tuesday between 10am-1pm
  • This role is ongoing for as long as volunteers wish to commit

Supervision

  • The sessions are managed by qualified leaders who are trained in first aid

What we look for in volunteers

  • Love of the outdoors and local green space.
  • Willingness to learn and meet new people

What we will offer you

  • Relevant training
  • All necessary tools to carry out gardening and/or conservation tasks
  • Light refreshments
  • Hands on experience working in a premier park alongside other community groups
  • A great experience meeting new people and being part of something inspiring

What we need from you

  • Enthusiasm and a genuine commitment to the beautification of our parks

 

Other information

  • Full health and safety training is provided to all volunteers
  • Additional training is provided for those who are looking to get more involved with the running of projects and other tasks e.g admin or linking social media pages
  • All under 18s are required to provide a signed  Parent/Guardian consent form
  • We strongly recommend that all volunteers wear sturdy footwear and clothing to suit working outdoors and conditions on the day
  • Feel free to bring a packed lunch as only light refreshments are provided
  • This role can be combined with other volunteering opportunities in Lloyd Park and Waltham Forest

 

Contact Information

If you want to find out more, or to book your place on a session, please contact:

Email: environmental.services@walthamforest.gov.uk