Hastings Conservation Volunteers

Practical nature conservation in Hastings and Rother


Welcome to the HCV home page.

The Hastings Conservation Volunteers are a small group of people who help to maintain nature reserves and public open spaces in the Hastings and Rother area of East Sussex, England.

We do not have any sites of our own, but assist other organisations in the maintenance of their reserves.  In many cases, this means joining in with their scheduled tasks. Organisations we help out with include the Sussex Wildlife TrustPowdermill Trust, RSCPA, Pett Level Preservation Trust and The Woodland Trust.

Our work varies from site to site, and also depends on the time of year. Most of our work is aimed at maintaining habitats and improving public access. Typical tasks include:

  • Cutting down bracken, bramble, rhododendron, willow, or any other plant that is taking over a valuable habitat.
  • Coppicing trees to encourage regeneration (mostly in the winter).
  • Keeping paths clear of fallen trees or encroaching vegetation.
  • Building steps or board walks to make access easier.

We work most Sundays throughout the year. We can usually pick up volunteers along the way at around 9:30am, but please call if you need a lift. Alternatively, meet up around 10:00am at the site (9:40 for sites on the edge of Hastings, 10:30 for Woodland Trust tasks). Work ends around 3:30pm, depending on the task and the weather.  If you arrive at the site after us, look out for pink or white "HCV" arrows pointing the way to where we are working.

Tea and Coffee are usually provided, except in hot weather when we leave the kettle behind.  Volunteers should bring their own lunch. We always welcome new volunteers, and we don't expect people to turn up every week if it's not convenient for them.

For insurance and safety reasons, volunteers should be between 18 and 85. We recommend that volunteers are up-to-date with Tetanus vaccinations.

Contact details
For information, please contact Simon Barker, by phone on Hastings 01424 755783 (evenings) or at the e-mail address above (please use a meaningful Subject line as my mail is spam-filtered).

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