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Important dates for your diary, come help out volunteering for a couple of hours at Palewell Common & Fields our beautiful local green space

Friends of Palewell Common & Fields


We have volunteer days with Nature’s Gym (Glendale – Richmonds conservation partner).

As a rule of thumb we meet at Pistachios cafe which you can find situated just a short way from where the cars are parked.  The time of meeting is usually 10am.

There are a variety of activities undertaken on the volunteering days which generally improves not only the look of Palewell Common & Fields but also the environment.

It also sometimes is a chance to take up a new skill and or to socialize.

Dates for the next volunteering days at Palewell Common & Fields are:

On Tuesday 21st October we hopefully will have some bulbs to plant on the old ‘pond’ area.  These bulbs are to fill in gaps in what is our gorgeous annual daffodil display. In addition, work on clearing the woods and paths will  be undertaken.

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Team building, volunteering & serving the community all in one!

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Volunteering is an essential part of our Community and team building an essential part of creating the building blocks for a dynamic team of staff members, why not combine the two and give back and receive all at the same time?

Friends of Palewell Common & Fields

Teamwork by Olswang LLP & Nature’s Gym from Glendales

There was fun to be had on the 16th of this month when a group of staff from Olswang LLP, a law firm joined with Gina who runs Nature’s Gym through Glendales who maintain Palewell Common & Fields.

Smiles were to be found all around, the weather was good and colleagues got to spend some quality and healthy time together.  Team bonding  is important for any business and to throw volunteering in to the mix a great way to give back to the Community and to forging stronger links between personnel.

Various things such as fixing a dead fence, clearing pathways and an obstructive tree that had fallen across a popular path was dealt with.

So from the Friends of Palewell Common and Fields we would like to say a big thank you to Oslwang LLP for donating hands to help…

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Low turn out but a productive volunteering session was had organized by Glendales Natures Gym


Though a low turnout, I had fun, going around butterfly and bird counting, though they seemed to fly off as soon as I arrived I managed to record a few, not that I have a clue to recognize what they are, however, nice bedtime listening! 🙂 I did manage to entice another resident to come and help as he was minding his own business having a relaxing stroll, but needs must at times and he enjoyed it 🙂

Friends of Palewell Common & Fields

Today at 11am we headed down to Palewell Common to meet with Glendales Nature Gym to do some volunteering work, hoping to meet with a crowd eager to help!  Perhaps a crowd was a bit optimistic.  Apart from Glendale, sadly there were only three others present at the beginning including  myself and those 3 in total were the Friends of Palewell Common Committee members.


This did not deter anyone as plants and various planting instruments were brought out.

The sun was shining and it was a fine day to be knelt amongst the long grass of the orchard to do some work.

Glendales brought along chicory, primrose, borage herb, robert wild flower and poppies to plant, the latter courtesy of David, Chairman of the Friends of Palewell Common which he had picked up from this years Chelsea Flower Show.


The wire around the various young  fruit trees in the orchard…

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Volunteers needed for tomorrow ~ fancy some fresh air, maybe socialize, learn a new skill?

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Have you ever fancied doing some fun volunteering in Richmond?

The Richmond Council Parks department have teamed up with Glendales Nature’s Gym.

This is a volunteer group that takes part in conservation work throughout local parks and nature reserves.

It is a great opportunity to meet new friends, to get out in the fresh air, learn some new skills, take some time out.

You can follow Nature’s Gym on Facebook here.

You can also find out a little more on the Glendales Nature’s Gym website which is here.

No experience is needed to take part in the activities and all ages are welcomed.  The jobs are for every level of fitness and ability and fully supervised.

The next dates that volunteers are needed are:

21st, Palewell Common, 11am (meet outside or in depending on the weather @ Pistachios Cafe) ~ Weather permitting there will be a bird count, butterfly count and Orchard maintenance.
22nd, Petersham Lodge Woods, 11am

As quoted on their Facebook…

Tasks include, planting and bird/butterfly counts as well as orchard maintenance at Palewell Common.


Telephone: 07825 860 459
Email: naturesgym@glendale-services.co.uk

To join Nature’s Gym you will need to:
– Fill out the registration form
– Sign the code of conduct
– Complete the memorandum of understanding

You can then email them back to the Nature’s Gym email.

NB: Please make sure that you contact them before attending a session as events might be cancelled or changed.

However to first time volunteer, just turn up and have some fun!

Thank you for reading/viewing

Justine x




Volunteers needed for help in Palewell Common

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Volunteers needed for help in Palewell Common

If you have a little bit of spare time and like to enjoy our local green spaces, fancy perhaps meeting people anew, then please pop on down to Palewell Common on either or all of the following dates:

  • Tuesday 15th April
  • Wednesday 12th May
  • Monday 16th June

Meet outside the cafe @ 11am.

You can donate as little or as much time as you like.

What is it about?

Glendale has the Glendale Nature’s Gym (click here for more info) which organizes through volunteers to go to our green spaces and do various jobs to improve nature’s space.  In the past they have planted a small orchard with daffodils amongst the trees, clearing the glades of bramble through the woods and planting bluebells.  There is also a small pond in the woods which is kept clear (I have still yet to find this) and various other jobs, there is never nothing to do.

It is also a way to keep fit, take in some fresh air, see nature and meet other people who have a goal in common, sounds like fun to me.

All you need are sensible shoes, gardening or sturdy gloves and a bottle of water.

If you have any more queries, or perhaps know of a local group who would be willing to pitch in and help, please use the contact on either the Glendale Site, or Friends of Palewell Common Site, or better still…..

Just turn up!

As always thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine @LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

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