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Presentation given by Paul Van Damme, Chelmsford Borough Council and Jane Allnutt, Friends of Marconi Ponds, GSNF, Aug 2011

Presentation given by Paul Van Damme, Chelmsford Borough Council and Jane Allnutt, Friends of Marconi Ponds, GSNF, Aug 2011


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  • 1. VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN CHELMSFORDs PARKS AND GREEN SPACES
  • 2. Participation and Volunteering
    • Volunteering and participation is provided to :
    • Encourage direct community involvement and participation to achieve shared goals, create community cohesion and ownership, enhance the environment and individual well being.
    • Enhance community understanding, communication and consultation through alternative outreach activities.
    • Foster and enhance respect for the local build and rural environment.
    • Stretch and expand the “reach, value and impact” of existing services when more conventional resources are limited.
    Developed and adopted a Volunteer Policy in 2009 including Volunteering Pack. In summary the key drivers are:
  • 3.
    • Encourage partnership working and assist with fundraising.
    • Respond to volunteering and engagement requests from local communities and business.
    • Create opportunity to apply special skills, have access to skills training/development and to celebrate contribution.
    • Volunteering and participation will not :
    • Be used to substitute work which is carried out by staff or which falls within the essential professional requirement for the provision of services.
    • Be used in the context of free labour to achieve economy or efficiency within the services.
  • 4. Involving Children in our Parks
  • 5. Recycled Garden: working with home educated children
  • 6. Elements Garden New community
  • 7. Choices Garden Working with a number of local groups
  • 8. Families Open Days
  • 9. Working with Local Groups Greening Galleywood Group BTCV
  • 10. Garden and Hylands Estate Volunteers
  • 11.  
  • 12. What difference does this make… Outreach Education & Promotion working with young people Working with adults/families i.e. Chelmer Valley, Marconi Ponds Garden Volunteers 26 volunteers working 3hrs per week for an average of 32 weeks – 2469hrs (equivalent £19,798) 1725 participants working an average 6941hrs per annum (equivalent £ 55,056) 2970 participants working an average 4440hrs per annum (equivalent £35,218) Total of 13877 hours = £110,072 (using the national recognised standard hourly rate volunteering multiplier) The total estimated cost of support is £30,000, a ratio of 1-3
  • 13. Volunteers & Supporters Jane Allnutt Communications Officer Marconi Ponds Nature Reserve
  • 14. V.I.S. (Very Important Supporters)!
  • 15. Marconi Ponds Nature Reserve
  • 16. An aerial view
  • 17. … for the benefit of the wildlife
  • 18. … for the benefit of the local community
  • 19. Timeline
    • Oct 2006 Initial meeting to set up Friends Group
    • April 2007 First Committee Meeting
    • June 2007 Open Day to launch and promote the site
    • Sept 2007 Monthly Practical Sessions begin
    • Jan 2008 Website launched
    • Mar 2008 First A.G.M.
    • April 2009 Committee enlarged
    • Oct 2009 Cathy Carlile Award from CBC
    • July 2010 Green Pennant Community Award
    • Nov 2010 BAA Stansted Community Fund Grant
  • 20. … we can plant flowers as long as they are native species
  • 21. … .we’re only volunteers!
  • 22. … we can plan a project and complete it in a short space of time
  • 23. … ..our notice board, funded by a donation from M&G
  • 24. Early days
  • 25. Practical Session poster
  • 26. Refreshments!
  • 27. Clearing of nettles
  • 28. Clearing the reeds in the ponds
  • 29. Clearing the area around the ponds There are no pictures – you couldn’t reach this area before the bushes, brambles and nettles were cut back!
  • 30. Starting to build the pond dipping platform
  • 31. Laying the surface
  • 32. The finished pond dipping platform
  • 33. The new walkway begun July 2010, completed April 2011
  • 34. Health & Safety Guidelines
  • 35. Kids!
  • 36. An example of good Health and Safety
  • 37. Not so good Health and Safety
  • 38. The kids being supervised and learning new skills
  • 39. Adults need help too!
  • 40. The banner
  • 41. Our star attraction - Munty
  • 42. … .someone came and hung bird feeders in the trees
  • 43. … .new paths were used by the bikers
  • 44. Levering the log bench onto blocks (in the pouring rain!)
  • 45. … the Beaver’s summer visit
  • 46. … memorial and commemorative trees
  • 47. Why do people volunteer?
  • 48. A chance to do some physical work
  • 49. Learning new skills
  • 50. Families sharing time together
  • 51. Getting the family involved
  • 52. You’re never too young to start!
  • 53. Getting physical, keeping fit!
  • 54. Working with new people
  • 55. Trying something you’ve never done before!
  • 56. Learning more about ‘nature’ by monitoring the wildlife
  • 57. Meeting and talking with new people
  • 58. Doing tasks that are not too strenuous - and a chance to chat
  • 59. The website www.marconiponds.btik.com
  • 60. Ideas from the kids!
    • Bird, bug and bat boxes and the bug hotel
    • Build a willow tunnel
    • Create a sensory garden
    • Have Information Boards
    • Hold a special butterfly day
    • and lots more great ideas!
    • As well as …. build a tree house, sell ice creams, have a secret island in the middle of the pond …
  • 61. Unveiling the Information Boards
  • 62. Bug box with initials, and a bird box
  • 63. The willow tunnel and bug hotel
  • 64. Building the stage beetle pyramid and the space for our Sensory Garden
  • 65. Not always ‘rosy’
    • Graffiti
    • Litter and fly tipping
    • Dog mess
    • Damage to trees and plants
    • Resident ‘dosser’
    • Vandalism and fires
  • 66. … do we look as if we know what we are doing?
  • 67. … having fun!
  • 68. THANK YOU Don’t forget, you are all welcome to come and visit the site, or lend a hand. We meet on the 3 rd Saturday of each month (except August and December) 1.30 – 3.30pm Hope to see you there! Or sign up to our mailing list and receive regular updates visit our website www.marconiponds.btik.com