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Digging into Cassiobury Park’s history with Green Gym Volunteers

Digging into Cassiobury Park’s history with Green Gym Volunteers

Amateur archaeologists discovered some unidentified metalwork on a dig recently in the grounds of Swiss Cottage in Cassiobury Park.

In preparation for the archaeology dig this summer volunteers from a variety of groups got together to clear an area of the Cassiobury Nature Reserve.  TCV’s Cassiobury Green Gym Volunteers were joined by the Cassiobury Archaeology Volunteers and South West Hertfordshire Archaeological and Historical Society who helped them clear litter, undergrowth and fallen branches from the site of the Swiss Cottage.

Swiss Cottage was built by the Earl of Essex in the early 19th Century, when such … Continue reading

TCV Employee Action Days with Camelot Watford!

TCV Employee Action Days with Camelot Watford!

Our Watford Green Gym volunteers have been working on the Cassiobury Park Community Project site for the past year, which is being developed as part of the large Heritage Lottery funded Cassiobury Park project.

And, as an additional benefit, this autumn has seen several TCV-run Employee Action Days, helping to create and improve wildlife habitats on the site.


About fifty enthusiastic Camelot Watford staff volunteers donned work boots, gloves and tools (as well as the ubiquitous Fitbit exercise trackers!) and got stuck in.


The team cleared invasive thistles, tried their … Continue reading

A Year (and a bit) – TCV Green Gym in Cassbiobury Park, Watford, Celebrates!

A Year (and a bit) - TCV Green Gym in Cassbiobury Park, Watford, Celebrates!

Heartfelt thanks to all who joined us for our first anniversary celebration on 2nd September and made it a really enjoyable event. A shortened work session was followed by snacks and cake, as well as a brief ceremony, during which the dedicated work of our volunteers was recognised by Watford Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, by the intu Regional General Manager, Howard Oldstein, and the intu CSR representative, Chantal Boyle, as well as by WBC Community Park Ranger, Debbie Brady (see above). We are happy and grateful to have their support for the ongoing projects to help improve the Community Project site … Continue reading

Bromley GG: Transforming the College Green & Slip

Bromley GG: Transforming the College Green & Slip

The Bromley Green Gym are now a fully constituted group, Ching Chua, secretary of the Bromley Green Gym, tells us of how the group Transformed College Green slip.  Join them to celebrate their launch on the 22nd May, 2015.

It has been two years since The Conservation Volunteers started the Bromley Green Gym®. The Green Gym® is an initiative which aims to improve volunteers’ mental and physical health through practical conservation activities designed to maximise the positive benefits of working outdoors.

This volunteer-based group have been meeting every Friday (rain or shine or snow!) from 11am to 2pm at … Continue reading

The Bridge over Muddy Waters…..

The Bridge over Muddy Waters.....

Pevensey Road Green Gym volunteers undertook a challenge and a half when local group Friends of the River Crane Environment  (FORCE) asked them to build a bridge. Pevensey Road is a beautiful site, one side meadows and the other pockets of woodland and wetland with the River Crane running through it. Pevensey Road has its own secret, hidden charms.

Our Green Gym volunteers have been working over the last 6 months to push back the scrub on the nature reserve, to open up the ponds and pathways.  Improving access for local residents and removing invasive vegetation. The ponds have been planted … Continue reading

The Camden Green Gym – 6 Years

The Camden Green Gym - 6 Years

It has been an amazing season at the Camden Green Gym with late summer lingering well into November, when we celebrated our sixth anniversary at an enjoyable post-session picnic in the dappled shade of Regent´s Park Leafyard Wood.  We then spent two of many gloriously bright days restoring acid grasslands on Primrose Hill with the stunning cityscape as a backdrop.  A fantastic celebration of all the work the volunteers of the Green Gym have achieved.


Regular Volunteer Clive reflects on his time with the Camden Green Gym:

“I have been volunteering at the Camden branch of the Green Gym … Continue reading

Adding New Colour to an Oasis – Part 2

Adding New Colour to an Oasis – Part 2

Last Saturday was a strange day to be working outdoors. London, in its typical, indecisive way, couldn’t make up its mind about what sort of weather it wanted to give its inhabitants. Apparently, the volunteers in the Oasis park and our good friends, the outdoor swimmers, aren’t a very demanding bunch; so when London decided to gift us a fantastic mixture of drizzle, hail, sunshine, cold wind, post-hail-sunshine and some final rain, we greeted all those changes in the manner of some smiling, swimming, creative, Buddhas.

The Oasis project is as dynamic as London’s weather in many ways. Over the course of just a … Continue reading

Adding New Colour to an Oasis – Part 1

Adding New Colour to an Oasis - Part 1

Our new conservation project is in a small site next to the outdoor swimming pool of the ‘Oasis Sports Centre’ in Holborn.

The idea seems straightforward – we are here to create a space for growing food that has the potential to involve people from the surrounding community in the future.

 Our project leader, Chris, promises us fantastic things – we will be building a mosaic of raised beds, compost bins, pergolas and a lot more, he tells us.

 The thought of constructing romantic seats with creepers all around, places images of … Continue reading

Reclaiming Ingestre Woods

Reclaiming Ingestre Woods


At first, ‘Ingestre Woods’ seemed to be that little overgrown, discarded park hidden behind some council flats that you wouldn’t have given a second glance. There had been some half-hearted interest from the children in the neighbourhood – they had been sneaking in through a hole in the mesh. But there wasn’t much room for them to play in. The space may once have had character, but that had long given way to an air of neglect.

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