Volunteering at Billy’s Lake

Nearly all of the improvements and general upkeep at Billy’s Lake are performed by a team of volunteers from the local community, led by the Acorn Centre’s Community Conservation Officer.

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The Volunteer Working Party

The Volunteer Working Party meets at 12:30pm on Tuesday afternoons (rain or shine!) at the green lock-up container near the west end of the lake. We typically work for 2-3 hours, depending on the weather and the tasks in hand. Refreshments are provided.

The tasks we perform are generally aimed at improving the site, improving access within and around the site, maintaining a safe environment, and conserving the local wildlife. Examples include:

  • Brash, bramble and weed clearance
  • Tree works (e.g coppicing and crown raising)
  • Path maintenance
  • General groundworks & DIY
  • Litter picking
  • Installing and repairing bird and bat boxes

Interested?

Do you use the Billy’s Lake area, perhaps for walks, dog walking, or fishing?
Are you interested in conservation and wildlife?
Do you have any views or opinions on how best to improve or conserve the site?
Can you offer any relevant skills or knowledge?
Or would you just like to join in and lend a hand?

If so, why not join the Volunteer Working Party? No commitment required, just come along and give it a try – we’re a friendly bunch and it’s always good to see some new faces!

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Who Can Join?

We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Ideally you’ll be:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Reasonably fit
  • Able to use simple hand tools (e.g a hammer, saw etc) and
  • Practically minded

but if not, don’t worry! If you’re keen to get involved, just contact the Community Conservation Officer by phone (023 92258423) or email (billyslake@acorncentre.org.uk) for an informal discussion to see whether you can still take part, either in the Working Party or one of our other volunteering roles.

We advise all volunteers to dress appropriately for the weather conditions in old clothes or workwear, and to wear sturdy footwear (preferably steel toe caps if you have them). We can provide gardening gloves and certain other items of Personal Protective Equipment where necessary.

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How to Join

In the first instance, you’re welcome to just turn up on a Tuesday afternoon to meet up with the team and find out what we’re up to that day! We’re there most Tuesdays, except in very inclement weather.

If you’d like to join us, you’ll need to complete a few forms prior to starting your role a as a volunteer. These are available at right to download, print and fill in. Or, you can collect them from the Team Leader on the day.

If you are interested in helping out, or you would like more information on Billy’s Lake, please contact the conservation officer, Lillian Wakely tel. 02392-258423.
For the Off the Hook fishing club, please contact Roger Pulley