Nature and Activities

Nature and activity volunteering opportunities

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority's 50th Anniversary

2017 marks 50 years since the formation of Lee Valley Regional Park.
Large parts of the park have been transformed from industrial wastelands, derelict sites and even rubbish dumps, and the park is now a collection of outstanding open spaces and wonderful world class sports venues. It is home to a vast array of birds, wildlife and plants and is a valued green space which now attracts more than six million visits a year.

A programme of walks and cycle rides has been undertaken for many years – helping people to connect with the park, aimed at those with an interest in birds, wildlife, industrial heritage and the history of the valley. In addition the walks have health and social benefits for the participants.

This year we are running an expanded programme for the 50th anniversary in 2017 which will be be run with the help of volunteers.

We have three volunteer roles available:

Biodiversity surveys

The Biodiversity team co-ordinates mink monitoring, butterfly surveys, reptile surveys and WeBS (Wetland Bird) counts for the valley. Each role requires a different level of knowledge and therefore we will send you our role descriptions to read for further information.

Currently all locations are being covered by volunteers so we do not have any roles available at this time. Please contact the Volunteers Team if you would like to join a waiting list.

However, if you have seen or photographed something interesting in Lee Valley Regional Park and want to share it you can record your wildlife sighting at: visitleevalley.org.uk/wildlifesightings

Bittern Information Point

The Bittern Information Point is also a bird hide and is run entirely by volunteers. Roles here include giving information to the public and showing them birds from the hide or on our wildlife CCTV system.

Read the role description for:

Conservation

Wildlife and conservation play a large part in the park and the following role helps us to maintain the environment and ensure native species are looked after. Our band of conservation volunteers meets regularly to undertake activities with the Rangers.

Read the role description and find out about our current task programme:

Events
We are always looking for volunteers to help out with our many events at all locations along the 26 miles of the Park. If you are interested in helping out with our events team please look at the role description:  

 

 

 

Fisheries
Without our bailiffs and wardens we could not offer this popular pastime.

You need to have held a Lee Valley Regional Park fishing permit for one year and get to know your fellow fishermen to get nominated.  Read the role description:

Lee Valley Park Farms - Holyfield Hall Farm

This is Lee Valley Regional Park Authority's working farm. If you have a passion for working with animals and would like to gain some more experience Holyfield Hall Farm is a good place to start.

The team are also seeking a volunteer to engage with the public and encourage them to purchase milk and to help with any issues using the the sale of fresh milk from a machine at Lee Valley Park Farms managed by the Holyfield Hall Farm team.

Myddelton House Gardens

Myddelton House Gardens currently has a very dedicated group of volunteers and due to its popularity there is normally a waiting list for this opportunity please contact the volunteers team for more information.

In the meantime if you would like to get involved in the work at the gardens you may wish to become a member of the E.A. Bowles Society: eabowlessociety.org.uk

Rangers

Rangers manage all of our open spaces. There are opportunities at all of our sites for Hon Wardens to work with the ranger team and help to look after the sites. Activities can be varied and can range from patrolling the site, litter picking or getting involved in projects or conservation tasks. If you wish to apply you need to know what site you are interested in so please check the web site or call for your nearest Park.

Read the following role description:

Rye House Gatehouse

The Gatehouse is part of one of the first brick built houses in the country and boasting outstanding decoration, this was a structure that was meant to project power, prestige and wealth.

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