Cambridge National Trust Volunteers

Programme

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Date Event Contact
SUNDAY 24th Feb Our help has been requested with the construction of a new rockery in the gardens at Peckover. Paul H.
SUNDAY 3rd Mar Spring is starting to spring so lets spring back to Houghton Mill to carry on where we left off in February. Alison B.
FRIDAY 8th - SUNDAY 10th Mar Weekend Task: Our first winter visit to Belton House (but don’t panic – we won’t be camping on this occasion!) We shall be clearing along one of the avenues of trees. A bonfire has been promised! Lop E.
SUNDAY 17th Mar Our first trip to Anglesey Abbey this programme. We’ll be removing fallen trees from the old coprolite pit in the woods. Val W.
SUNDAY 24th Mar A return visit to Wicken Fen. There’s always plenty that needs doing at this property. Come along to see for yourself! Tom H.
SUNDAY 31st Mar Back to Anglesey Abbey again. Probably to finish off what we started earlier in March. Val W.

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Recent events (from January 2018)

Date Event Contact
MONDAY 1st Jan Social – New Year Walk: Come along for a 5 mile walk around the countryside behind Anglesey Abbey. A chance to clear the head after the night before! Lop E.
SUNDAY 14th Jan We’ve witnessed major changes to Wimpole Gardens over recent years as new areas open up to the public. This task will be continuing with this work. Pete J.
SUNDAY 21st Jan We’ve been invited over to Wicken Fen to assist with some hawthorn hedge management at Gutterbridge. Alison B.
SUNDAY 28th Jan On this task, we will be clearing scrub from around a scheduled ancient monument at Wicken Fen (so no jokes about the committee please!) Kyle V.
SUNDAY 4th Feb A return to Wicken Fen to either carry on where we left off in January or to assist elsewhere on the Fen. Pete J.
SUNDAY 11th Feb We’ll probably be cutting back the laurels on the Albana Walk at Ickworth. Tony H.
SUNDAY 18th Feb Carrying on with the work in Wimpole Gardens that we started in January. There’s always plenty that needs doing! John (Lop) E.
SUNDAY 18th Feb Committee meeting: To be held at the Head Gardener’s potting shed following the task at Wimpole. Any committee member
SUNDAY 25th Feb Our first task at Anglesey Abbey this programme. We’ll know more about what is required of us nearer the time. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 4th Mar Spring is starting to spring so our help is required to get the gardens at Peckover looking their best for the year ahead. Ian S.
SUNDAY 18th Mar A return to Wimpole Gardens. We’ll know more about the work nearer the time. Val W.
SUNDAY 25th Mar There’s always plenty that needs doing at Anglesey Abbey. Come along to see for yourself! Tom H.
SUNDAY 8th Apr Wimpole Estate: A return trip to the moated site on Cobb’s Farm, where we were working in the winter, to continue with tidying up the site. Val W.
SUNDAY 15th Apr Wimpole Gardens: Your chance to work alongside Philip, the Head Gardener, and to see what is required of us on this occasion. Betty B.
FRIDAY 20th - SUNDAY 22nd Apr Weekend Task at Clumber Park: Our first trip to foreign parts this year (well, Notts anyway). We’ll be working alongside the countryside rangers at this impressive NT property on Saturday and also Sunday morning. There will also be a chance to look around the estate. Lop E.
SUNDAY 29th Apr Our first trip to Anglesey Abbey this programme. There’s always plenty that needs doing here. Alison B.
SUNDAY 13th May Carrying on from where we left off at Wimpole Gardens in April. Lop E.
SUNDAY 13th May Committee meeting – Wimpole: To be held in the Head Gardener’s potting shed following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 20th May Wicken Fen is always a fascinating place to spend time and the work here is always varied and interesting. Kyle V.
SUNDAY 27th May The second of three visits to Anglesey Abbey this quarter. We’ll know what the work will be nearer the time. Jenny M.
SUNDAY 3rd Jun A return to Wimpole Gardens to carry on where we left off in May – probably! Ian S.
SUNDAY 10th Jun There is always plenty of work to be found around the grounds at Ickworth. If you don’t believe it just come and see for yourself! Alison B.
SUNDAY 17th Jun Our final trip to Anglesey Abbey on the current programme. We’ll know what’s wanted of us nearer the time. Val W.
SATURDAY 23rd - SUNDAY 24th Jun This is the weekend of the annual scything event, held in the grounds of Wimpole. We will be on hand to assist where required. That might involve hay-raking and/or meeting the public. Barbara C.
SUNDAY 1st Jul Our first trip to Wimpole Gardens this quarter. There’s always plenty to keep us busy here. Pete J.
SUNDAY 8th Jul We’ve been asked to pay our first summer visit to Houghton Mill so come along to do something useful and to top up your tan! Lop E.
FRIDAY 13th - SUNDAY 15th Jul Weekend Task: We’ll be heading up to Lincolnshire for the weekend to assist with the construction of a boardwalk on the new waymarked trail around the Belton House estate. Lop E.
SUNDAY 22nd Jul Our first visit to Anglesey Abbey this summer. We’ll know what is wanted of us nearer the time. Betty B.
SUNDAY 12th Aug Committee Meeting: To be held in the Head Gardener’s potting shed at Wimpole following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 12th Aug Wimpole Gardens: This will be our last chance to work with Phil, the Head Gardener, who is retiring in August. Come along to wish him well for the future! Lop E.
SUNDAY 19th Aug Anglesey Abbey: Another chance to visit this beautiful property. We’ll know more about what is required of us nearer the time. Alison B.
SUNDAY 9th Sep Peckover House: Our help has been requested to assist with the cutting down of a yew hedge in preparation for a restoration project in the Pool Garden. TBA
SUNDAY 16th Sep Our third and final visit to Anglesey Abbey this quarter. Val W.
SUNDAY 23rd Sep Houghton Mill: Another chance to visit the mill and to assist with conservation tasks around the site. Ian S.
SUNDAY 30th Sep We have carried out many interesting tasks on the Wimpole Farm over the years. We’re sure this Sunday will be just as constructive! Ian S.
SUNDAY 7th Oct Our only visit to Anglesey Abbey this quarter. We’ll know what will be required of us nearer the time. Val Waddington 01223 316542
SUNDAY 14th Oct Wimpole Estate: Come and join us for a task tidying up around The Folly and cleaning the two footbridges that cross the lake. Lop E.
SUNDAY 14th Oct AGM – Wimpole: Our Annual General Meeting is where members have a chance to discuss matters relating to the group and to elect a committee for the coming year. All are welcome to come along. Any committee member
SUNDAY 21st Oct Hatfield Forest: A trip down the M11 to where we will be cutting and then burning willow growth from an area of marsh in the Forest. Pete J.
FRIDAY 26th - SUNDAY 28th Oct Working weekend away at Haslemere: Another trip down the M11 – and then the M25 too! To the Swan Barn bunkhouse in Sussex. We shall be working on the Black Down Hills with views to the south coast. Barbara C.
SUNDAY 4th Nov The first of two visits to Houghton Mill. On this occasion we shall be carrying out maintenance on their glamping pods and planting trees. Ian S.
SUNDAY 11th Nov A quick return to Houghton Mill, this time to clear and reinstate the overgrown slipway and to carry out some fencing work. Lop E.
SUNDAY 11th Nov Committee Meeting: Venue to be decided nearer the time. Any committee member
SUNDAY 18th Nov Wicken Fen: We will be carrying out scrub clearance plus ‘facing up some litter bays’ whatever that may be! Val W.
SUNDAY 25th Nov Our help is required to remove a yew hedge and also some shrubs at Peckover House Ian S.
SATURDAY 8th Dec Social – Christmas Meal: Join us at the White Hart in Fulbourn for the seasonal excess of sprouts and drunken merriment! Alison B.
SUNDAY 9th Dec The last task at Wimpole before Christmas. We will be pruning and scrub bashing on the South Avenue. And perhaps a chance to see Wimpole Hall which will be all dressed up for the festivities. Betty B.

Events in 2019

TUESDAY 1st Jan Social – New Year Walk: Join Lop for his annual New Year 5 mile leg-stretch. This year, it’s around and about the environs of Wimpole Hall, followed by a soup and a roll. Lop E.
SUNDAY 20th Jan We’ve been invited over to Wicken Fen to assist the wardens there with some environmental improvement works. Ian S.
SUNDAY 27th Jan Wimpole Gardens: Who would wood chip a path if a wood chip path was wooded? CNTV of course. Come and help! Alison B.
SUNDAY 10th Feb We’ve been asked to help with cutting back laurels and hazel coppicing on this visit to Wimpole Gardens. Betty B.
SUNDAY 10th Feb Committee Meeting – Wimpole. To be held in the Head Gardener’s potting shed following the task. Any committee member
SUNDAY 17th Feb Houghton want our assistance with the planting of a new hedge between the mill and the caravan park. Tom H.

A selection of older events may be found in our programme archive.