Barnet Cyclists Volunteers Needed Urgently, Saturday 23 March

I mentioned at the February meeting that Jon Crosby and I need volunteers on short notice to help finish clearing the Dancers Lane cycle path of bramble and black thorn. Your help is needed for Saturday, 23 March – please let me know if you can make it. We need 10 volunteers.

Herts County (HCC) Countryside & Rights of Way (CROW) will supply a van and driver with tools and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including gloves, eye protection (when cutting black thorn), hard hats and hi-vis jackets. Volunteers are requested to wear gardening clothes including long trousers and long-sleeved tops. You may want to bring your own garden gloves and tools such as secateurs, but they will be provided by HCC.

There are around 50 metres of the path left to finish off which previous volunteers of CROW started. We will be checking the path the day before to ensure no birds are nesting – the Workday will need to be postponed if any birds are nesting.

Contact details
It is important if you are volunteering to send me your contact details, preferably a mobile number included in case I need to cancel everything the day before. You don’t have to be a member of the BCC, but we are unable to allow children of 16 years and under to help.

On the day
The Workday starts at 10:30 am with a brief explanation of H&S requirements and similar – we are working under HCC management and their insurances. All volunteers will need to conform to the conditions, which I understand include wearing a hi-vis jacket and hard hat and PPE depending on the job you may be doing. We will have to limit the number of volunteers to 10.

I’ll send more details to volunteers, but the tasks are generally to clip, lop, cut, rake and clear off the overgrown bramble and black thorn. It will take about 4 hours plus time for breaks including lunch.

I am asking if the BCC will cover the costs of sandwiches, coffees, etc. back at the S. Mimms Services, which is just up from the work area. I can confirm this in my email to volunteers.

Access to the site
You are welcome to drive or cycle to the site. If driving, the HCC van driver will be able to open the Wash Lane gate and you should be able park on Wash Lane behind the services, since a 2-hour restriction applies in the S. Mimms services. I will send more details to the volunteers.

Please email me (Subject heading: Workday) if you are able to help and provide your contact details.




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