Hounslow Heath Green Gym volunteers help manage a wide range of habitats, throughout the year, on the heath. We have grasslands, meadows, heathlands, bee banks, ponds, hedges and woodlands to take care of. No experience is necessary to join this conservation group! If you want to connect to nature, spend time giving something back to the community, are interested in learning and meeting new people this is for you. We have a range of activities available every session, and encourage volunteers to work at their own pace. Green Gym benefits volunteer self confidence, mental and physical wellbeing through engaging in outdoor practical work. All tools, gloves, first aid cover and instructions are provided.
Volunteers need to wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for outdoor work and the day's weather. No flit flops permitted and it is best to bring long sleeve layers and trousers as if we are working close to nettles or bramble even on summer days its best to cover your skin.
Hounslow Heath Green Gym is a free weekly 3 hour practical conservation session run by The Conservation Volunteers. We meet every Tuesday 10.45 - 2pm at the visitor centre, to exercise and make a differenceto in a local green space. Our activities take place in the woodlands, meadows, grassland and ponds on this 200 acre nature reserve. Volunteers can learn new skills; how to manage meadows, identify plants and wildlife, coppice, as well as meeting new people. This is a great opportunity to give something back to the local community and spend time enjoying this incredible wild green space at the heart of Hounslow. Tools, gloves and light refreshments are provided. Volunteers need to wear sturdy boots and clothes suitable for outdoor work. Contact TCV Hounslow for more information or to book your first session.
Volunteers benefit from time spent outdoors, engaged in practical acivities with a real conservation purpose. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive, volunteers work at their own pace, there are a range of activities to suit people's interests and abilities. Every hour spent managing the Heath's habitats helps them thrive and survive under pressure. We all enjoy seeing the seasons change, spotting the wildlife, and making a positive difference to the natural environment.