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Working Bee Volunteers


Open Valley Urban Ecosanctuary







At our small native plant propagation nursery, volunteers will be (depending on the time of year), sowing seeds collected from the area into recycled seed trays, pricking out and potting up seedlings as they grow, watering the plants, and undertaking any site maintenance to keep the site clear and tidy.

At Chingford Park, volunteers will be working at a site known as “Riparian Rhapsody” and could involve removing invasive weeds from where we have previously planted, weeding any sites in preparation of planting, as well as planting itself!

The Propagation Nursery is at a small site behind the Blacks Road Grocer on Blacks Road. There is a small staircase to gain access into the site. We have laid coffee sacks to try to keep the weeds down, so the ground is a little uneven.

At Chingford Park, the site is off to the side in a clearing next to the creek, near the Disc Golf hole 8 tee. One secretion we have planted, which will need continued weeding and further planting. We have also cleared another section of blackberry so this section is ready for planting.


You will need to: bring along sturdy shoes, wear clothing that can get a little muddy, drink bottle, warm/wet weather clothing. We generally will have all other gear/tools available, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own gardening gloves.

Volunteers with any level of fitness are welcome.

Time commitment

At the Propagation Nursery, working bees are usually held every Thursday from 11am-12pm (winter) and 10am-12pm (summer) unless the weather is poor, in which case they will be cancelled.

At Chingford Park, we usually have working bees on the fourth Sunday of the month from 10am-1pm, unless the weather is poor, in which case they will be cancelled.

You are welcome to join us for as much or as little time you have available.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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