Our green environment in Bromley is an important asset, and we need to actively engage in its conservation to protect and improve it for future generations. We always advise you venture into woodlands and beyond to prepare for the unexpected.
The tick awareness toolkit gives information on ticks and Lyme disease and how to raise awareness of ticks and tick-borne diseases in your local area. Click here for more details, bromley biodiversity action plan. Things to Look Out for in September. It all started with a call of arms from my local community to stop the council turning our local park, Hoblingwell Recreation Ground, into a spill site from waste being removed from the Olympic site in If the scheme had gone ahead it would have seen wasteland regeneration specialists use subsoil or other inert remodelling materials such as clay, bromley biodiversity action plan, gravel or crushed fill to remodel and landscape the recreation ground.
However, around 1, residents signed a petition against the plans as they were worried about the possible congestion, dust, noise and disruption of park usage during the 2 year planned project. From this a Friends Groups was formed by the Council, Caroll Long and a few members of the community. I attended a meeting in February to raise an issue but somehow ended up agreeing to become their Social Secretary.
I then started to organise some small events such as Easter egg and Halloween hunts, nature sessions, with assistance from Caroll. We had started to become a face in the community and they loved our events. I was awarded an Unsung Hero award from the council and I was really enjoying my work with the Friends group.
Then in I lost my job. I was worried about what I was going to do and how to support my family. After about 3 months I was asked if I could do some shifts in the Rugby Club, which although was not a big pay day, was a way to support myself whilst I looked at my next option.
I applied and several days later got the application pack. It was a course aimed at those without a degree qualification, from a minority background, a deprived area or looking to get into the sector. It would be a full time work based course running from September to August It would also gain you a qualification in Chain Sawing and Pesticide Applications. I filled in the application and mentioned about my volunteering and the local wildlife in my area.
I also mentioned my work with the Forum and how I have been involved with the council when it comes to the matter of Parks and Greenspaces. I sent off my application and within two weeks, received a reply that I had been chosen for an interview.
The interviewing took place all day at one of their sites in Addington, bromley biodiversity action plan. It consisted of doing some grassland taskspath clearing and interviews that were in the most unusual setting consisting of the 2 interviewers sitting on a bench and me on the grass. The interview must have gone well as four weeks later I received the call that I had been accepted.
It all started in September with numerous site visits taking in Great woodlands, bromley biodiversity action plan, vast grassland sites, rivers and pond sites and many other different habitat sites. The autumn and winter consisted of serious hard work in all weather conditions. As long as we had a fire and cuppa soup we were fine. On my birthday I passed my Chainsaw Assessment and then my Herbicide Application two months later, then in March I spent a whole month doing my work experience with the Councils Parks and Greenspaces Department in which I was working alongside my peers and the rangers.
So after March the rest of the course went really quickly as I was vitamin b6 b12 folic acid working by day and completing my course work in the evenings. We were learning lots of new skills such as plant, small mammal, bat, bromley biodiversity action plan, insect, reptile and amphibian identifying and Surveying, Community Engagement and Education sessions with children, bromley biodiversity action plan.
Caroll was leaving the council and I had already spoken to the new contractors, The Landscape Group, bromley biodiversity action plan, whom I had got to know from the Forum, and was cheekily telling them that I would be looking for work soon. On the last week of my course Caroll left and she had a small leaving party bromley biodiversity action plan all the Friends Groups and communities she had worked with.
I was invited to come along and get to know her new boss, Craig Langford, bromley biodiversity action plan, although I had met him a couple of times through the forum. I then spoke to him and he asked me if I could come in for an interview the next day, to which I said I would be delighted. We spoke of my work with previous employers, my level 2 diploma in Customer Services, Team Leader Skills, friends groups, the forum and what I had learned from London Wildlife Trust, which he was really impressed with.
I left the interview an hour and half later and whilst walking home received the call that I had got the job and could I start on Tuesday the following week. The first week I bromley biodiversity action plan shadowing a Supervisor tasked with confirms which we would investigate and speak to the members of the public who had raised the issues.
He was quite impressed with the way that I talked to them and dealt with their situation and I explained that was due to my previous customer service training, which I have discovered now is really important in dealing with the general public.
My first task was to work with PULSE which was a service providing unemployed people work experience for 6 months. I really enjoyed this as I had to program their works for four days a week.
We did some terrific work especially the upkeep of the war memorial in Orpington, Management of Priory Gardens, Working with several Friends Groups and we received great feedback from local councillors and members of the Public. This scheme eventually came to an end around September at which point I was moved to the Countryside Team at High Elms where I am now. I have also been lucky to cross train some summer seasonals in the winter and bromley biodiversity action plan have now become full time staff.
I also now lead the Japanese Knotweed Contract for idverde and Bromley Council dealing with over sites and responding to an average of 5 confirms a week. And Caroll is back as a Community Manager and we now get to work together quite a bit which is really exciting. From our first meet I identified the enthusiasm Darren had for his community and he rose to every challenge he met.
Conservation and biodiversity are the winners as Darren takes every bit of learnt information and transfers it to his job and volunteer activities. Things to Look Out for in August. Bromley Environmental Education Centre provides unique relaxing location that can be hired for meetings, conferences, functions and corporate events. The Family Learning School, a small independent primary school set up in February offering an alternative form of education, have created a new and progressive ethos, focussing on the individual child discovering their talents and interests, and seeing them thrive.
The Club hires out the Darwin classroom on Saturday afternoons to stage talks and presentations. Greenbow specialise in delivering forest School training, bromley biodiversity action plan, outdoor bromley biodiversity action plan, woodland workshops and creative consultancy. Greenbow regularly hire out the BEECHE centre Darwin room to run forest school training and first aid training for four consecutive days.
In the past the O. Its bromley biodiversity action plan attracts a diverse group of young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Most of its work is done through local branches, which aim to educate bee-keepers about bee-keeping and to inform, and hopefully enthuse, bromley biodiversity action plan public about the magic and mystery of honey bees. Things to Look Out for in May. The Great British Spring Clean is an annual event aimed at bringing communities together to help clean up the environment on their doorstep.
Parkfield Recreation Ground was chosen as the best candidate for a mass clear up as it currently lacks the much needed support of a volunteer Friends group.
Armed with litter pickers and black sacks, the local residents, community at the Astley Day Centre, Uppercutz bromley biodiversity action plan club and local historian Jennie Randall teamed up with i dverde and their work experience student from the London Wildlife Trust. A huge impact was made that day on restoring the park to glory, for the benefit of the environment and the community alike, bromley biodiversity action plan.
Woodland has been managed by humans for thousands of years and the wildlife that lives there has evolved to live in this habitat. In fact, until the Industrial Revolution woodland was the home of much heavy industry in this country. Since the need for timber and woodland products has almost died out many of the woodlands in the UK have been neglected and ancient management practices have died out.
This has had a dramatic effect on their plants and animals as many species cannot live without this management. As well as this, many habitats such as lowland heath and chalk downland have themselves become less important and lack of traditional management has resulted in them becoming woodland, again a habitat that needs management to maximise its potential for biodiversity.
Trees within a woodland, if they are allowed to grow too close together, compete for light and grow to be very thin and tall and there are inevitably issues with health and safety and so for the longer term health of the woodland, it is essential that selected trees are removed so that those that are left bromley biodiversity action plan plenty of room to grow into. Woodland plants depend on light to exist and in fact the spring time, before the canopy closes in when new leaves grow is the time when plants such as bluebell and wood anemones are in flower and added light that results from woodland thinning often results in stunning early displays, which would be lost without management.
Timing of woodland work —The best time for large scale woodland work in the winter time. It is this time of year when woodland species, including trees are dormant. Other species such as dormouse and other mammals are deep in hibernation and the impact on them is minimised. Work in our woodland is meticulously planned, following actions agreed in management plans that reflect the long term nature bromley biodiversity action plan woodland planning.
Connecting Community groups together to improve local Greenspaces. Having spoken to park users and members of the local Friends group the students from the nearby Bromley college campus was highlighted as the biggest culprits for litter, antisocial behaviour and damage to the park and its woodlands, bromley biodiversity action plan.
One of the woodland entrances was very overgrown, bromley biodiversity action plan, trapping litter and making the entrance very dark and secluded. Carl from Gillingham has benefitted immensely from the project. Alti acyclovir, people walking their dogs through the woods have been praising us for our work and that makes a difference.
I love working outdoors and taking part in such a healthy activity like this. Local resident and park-user Sue walks her dogs in Elmfield Woods each day.
Well done to them all, bromley biodiversity action plan. Jane students teacher said: Just this morning, they have already cleared a huge area and we are way ahead of schedule. Local users of the park will be delighted by the progress we have made, bromley biodiversity action plan.
Community engagement and advocacy for biodiversity is an important element of the Bromley Biodiversity Action Plan being delivered by i dverde in partnership with the RSPB. As well as conservation work in Elmfield woods two students, Jamie Eason and Franky Snelgrove worked for one day a week at High Elms Country Park in the workshop measuring up and cutting wood to make bird box packs for Elmfield Woods.
The students completed 20 bird box packs under the supervision and guidance of Kevin Brown the Countryside Grounds Maintenance Operative who worked closely with the students showing them how to make the packs.
They also constructed a notice board for Elmfield woods, in which they will also install it in the woods so that the Friends of Norman Park can display park information and Friends workday posters, as well as interesting biodiversity news.
Last task was to put the boxes up around the woods and map their locations so that the Friends would be able to monitor the boxes in the spring and hopefully collect bird records for the Bromley Biodiversity sub species group.
Jo Hone—Chair of the Friends of Norman Park was very grateful for the help from the students and is looking forward to setting up a bird monitoring programme for the Friends to participate in the year. Make Your Garden a Wildlife Haven. New Member Joins the Countryside Team. With my love of natural history, in particular wildflowers, bumblebees and birds, I hope to bring my experience and passion to the team at i dverde and the London Borough of Bromley.
Her recruitment as an additional member of the team further bromley biodiversity action plan i dverdes commitment to the biodiversity and positive management of our countryside spaces. Our feathered friends have provided us with bromley biodiversity action plan exciting records so far in First of all we had a very exciting record during our environmental education session for young birdwatchers at BEECHE High Elms Country Park when a marsh tit was spotted on our bird feeders.
Dispersed amongst a small flock of coal and great tits it was an easy bird to miss but has been seen on a number of occasions since.
The marsh tit is a red listed species and globally threatened, suffering significant declines over the past 25 years and is a bird which is rarely seen in Bromley anymore.