Biodiversity and Conservation
Groundwork Solent is an environmental charity that supports local communities in need, working with partners to help improve the quality of people’s lives, their prospects, and potential. Groundwork’s goal is of a society made up of sustainable communities that are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper. As an environmental regeneration charity, they work in partnership with public, private and voluntary organisations to improve the quality of the local environment, the lives of local people and the success of local business. If you are looking to gain work experience, fulfill your passion for environmental issues and community regeneration, or simply spend few hours a week working on projects which benefit your community, why not volunteer with the group?
A major project currently taking place is transforming 25 acres of farmland in Weymouth into a community hub.
Address: Wheatsheaf House, 4 Bernard Street, Southampton, SO14 3AY
Email your interest in volunteering: email@example.com
Tel: 023 8033 8550
Friends of Portswood Rec
The Friends group, which was formed in October 2011, aims to improve the physical, social and natural environment of the park, bring the community together and encourage sports participation by making it a better place to visit. The group says it's already arranged for a refresh of the tennis courts with the lines being repainted and new nets due to be fitted over the next few weeks, and funding has also been secured for goalposts, which should be installed by early September.
Friends of Riverside Park
About us: The Friends of Riverside Park is a group made up of local people who would like to see improved facilities and better maintenance in Riverside Park. They aim to maintain and improve the physical and natural environment of the park in liaison with Southampton City Council, promote wider use of Riverside Park across the whole community, protect and promote the natural beauty and wildlife of the Park, help make the Park a clean, safe and healthy place to be, secure funds to improve amenities, and ensure community-based involvement in the future of the Park.
Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery
About us: Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery are a group of enthusiasts interested in the history, wildlife and maintenance of the Old Cemetery in Southampton - a Grade II listed cemetery. Their two major aims are to uphold the original purpose of the cemetery and to support the ecological aims of the adjoining Southampton Common (a Site of Special Scientific Interest). They organise many guided walks and other activities throughout the year which are all free but requires booking. The events include Wildlife and Butterfly Walk, Titanic Walk, Heritage Walk, and Task Days (conservation work for members only). Donations are appreciated to help further their good work.
Tel: 07538 888 655 (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm)
Friends of St James’ Park
About us: FoSJP organises community events and campaigns for better facilities; its overall aim is to work towards creating a park that will best serve the various needs of all our community. Their mission statement is to celebrate and enhance the life of the park and its community through social, environmental, and economic development. The park now has a café, community room, new entrances, botanical and scenic walks, new landscaping, and new play facilities for children and adults.
They also have a gardening team that meets in the Park on 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 1 pm to 3 pm (weather permitting). You don’t need to be a gardening expert to join them! If that is not your interest, then there are other events currently planned such as St James’ Runners (weekly on Monday evenings for a social jog), Fridays Zumba sessions, Easter Egg Trail starting on 30th March, and many more.
Friends of Swaythling Station
About us: Friends of Swaythling Station help look after the station for local people and station users. The group work on litter picking, maintaining flower beds (they use recycled packing cases used by South West Trains as large planters for flowers and have a water butt installed for watering), organise walking tours (where people can learn about nature and local history) and help publicise and promote the station and services. A wildflower meadow has been planted at the station to encourage growth in the local population of insects and birds. They have also been producing hedgehog and bird boxes. You can find them at the station most Tuesday mornings from 9.30-11.30. More volunteers always welcome.
Friends of Freemantle Lake Park
This group is a community organisation that aims to care for the park as well as enjoys it with everyone else in the community! They hold events such as litter pick and park tidy, have regular get together and meetings, and occasional events such as in Halloween and Easter! Their Facebook page also has regular updates about the park and people and dogs in the park.
Friends of Peartree Green
Peartree Green was awarded Local Nature Reserve status in 2017. It's a diverse habitat of approximately 20.8 hectares (51.4 acres) bordered on the west side by the main railway line from Southampton to Portsmouth and on the east by the main road, Peartree Avenue, running from Woolston to Bitterne. The Friends of Peartree Green organise conservation work and litter picks to maintain and enhance the Green for wildlife and the local community. We also run a regular programme of events for the public and for schools, including bioblitzes, flora and fauna walks, butterfly hunts and fungus forays.
Friends of Monks Brook Meadows
Conservation work on Monks Brook and the associated meadows.
Friends of Town Quay Park (FTQP)
Town Quay Park is hidden away in the city centre between the lower end of the High St & Bugle St. Having saved the park from being sold for housing development, FTQP now has a group of gardening volunteers who meet 3 times a month, weather permitting, to maintain and improve the park. As well as planting fruit trees, herb beds and bulbs, they are now considering creating a woodland plant area & reintroducing wild orchids and other wild flowers in the Quilters vault area of the park. FTQP encourage the park to be used for events that bring our diverse inner-city community together, as well as anyone else interested. Previous events have included pub quiz, picnic, and carol in the park. New members are always welcome, gardening volunteers and anyone who wants to get involved, or run an event in the park should contact them using the email provided.
This is part of the national Great Get Together which celebrates all that local communities have in common - see http://www.greatgettogether.org/
Address: 10 Westgate St, Southampton, SO14 2AY
Friends of Weston Shore
The aim of the Friends of Weston Shore is to enhance and promote the beach and its surroundings for local people, visitors to the area and the wildlife to be found there. This group grew out of an annual clean up on the shore that began in 1996, and as the cleanups have been a big success, it forms a regular part of the group’s activities. Other events they have been involved with are book readings on the shore, picnics, and promoting walks to appreciate shore’s birdlife. This group welcomes everyone to join them with their scheduled cleanups and wildlife surveys!
Woolston Station Signal Box Community Garden
The garden is now a vibrant mix of flowers, fruit and vegetable growing under the control of Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership. Over the last three years, volunteers have turned an area of waste ground into a well-managed garden. Currently hidden from sight behind fencing, it’s hoped railings will be installed to allow everyone to see it. On the special Open Days, visitors can buy plants and see what has been achieved. Fund raising is under way to buy and erect a large storage shed and make a seating area.Eventually the old signal box may be restored and made into a visitor centre.
Hampshire Conservation Volunteers (HCV)
HCV are out most weekends, working on a wide variety of sites which are valuable for wildlife. In the spring and summer, their tasks often involve the construction of paths, boardwalks and fences, while autumn is traditionally the time for pond maintenance. Winter months see the management of woodlands and downland by coppicing, hedge laying and scrub-bashing, usually with a roaring bonfire. The majority of their work is for Hampshire Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation, local councils, schools and various charities.
New volunteers are always welcome and no previous experience is required. Before work starts, training is given in the safe use of tools and any potential hazards are explained. Experienced volunteers will explain and demonstrate work techniques. Please follow this link to check out future events! -http://www.hcv.org.uk/hcvprog.htm
Tel: Karen Minett (01256 211271), Mark Dakin (01252 547508), Jenny Wedick (01329 314617)
Living Lordswood initially focused on caring for creation through litter picking and nature walks but, over the years, they have experimented with other ideas to help make life greener, healthier, more loving and fun! They are keen for people to enjoy it to the full whilst making sure the planet is left in great shape for the next generation. There are lots going on - and a place for everyone. Activities to get involved in include litter picks, nature walks, choir, and meetings where you can meet new people and discuss life’s big questions.
Sholing Valley Study Centre
Sholing Valleys is an Environmental Study Centre and registered a charity, for nearly twenty years. The centre was set up to preserve the Miller’s Pond (the largest and most varied local Nature Reserve in Southampton) and to educate the public about this unique environment and the wildlife that can be found there. They have an active approach to both nature conservation, management, and education and community involvement as a core priority They hold regular events such as conversation days, educational sessions for children, guided nature walks, talks, and family fun day. Local groups including a Forest School, Scouts and Guides, and the local Police also use the facilities. Why not look at their story map at http://artswork.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=f69f60e032224c288fbd82b7af48fb9d
Address: Station Road, Sholing, Southampton, SO19 8FP
Tel: 023 8043 2395
Southampton University Conservation Volunteers (SUCV)
Every Sunday during University term time, SUCV runs local conservation days where they restore ecosystems and biodiversity around Southampton and Hampshire. This can involve tree felling, coppicing, planting, digging, fighting your way through brambles, and making huge fires (sometimes they bake spuds in the fire too!). Residential trips (normally Friday to Sunday, once a term) are a bit farther afield and can range anywhere from Brownsea Island, Ireland and Exmoor to the Isle of Wight! Tasks are free, with free hot drinks and unstoppable waves of biscuits. Residentials normally cost around £20 to cover food, transport, and accommodation costs.
The Conservation Volunteers
The Conservation Volunteers have been reclaiming green places since 1959. They help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places and creating healthier and happier communities for everyone. Through their environmental projects and through their network of 2,000 community groups, they see people taking responsibility for their own local environments. The activities can vary from planting trees and wildflower meadows, to building stiles, clearing footpaths or creating new food growing projects. If this is right up your alley, volunteer or work with them and learn new skills while making a difference to your community.
Tel: 02380 402593
Find yourself a countryside site for walking, dog walking, cycling, even BBQ. There are plenty of countryside for you to explore and you can locate them right here. There’s also the option for education with dedicated staff to supply excellent tailor-made information and can help support both guided and self-guided groups from early years to university age. If you want extra fresh air, volunteering isn’t such a bad idea! Along with making a real difference, it provides an opportunity to develop new skills and experience, enhance your CV, and meet new people.
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