Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group

13-02-15: Volunteers wanted - Free training course: Dorich House Orchard Day and more!!!

 Join us on Tuesday 24 Feb to learn how to care for our Orchards in London

Last year’s Orchard day with the London Orchard Project packed our volunteers full of knowledge on the importance of orchards, and how to manage orchard trees in the best way for wildlife and fruit production.
Sleeping beauties 
This year we’ve already had the snow and soon it will be blooms again, to get the site ship shape for the spring, we have invited the London Orchard Project back to Dorich House to deliver another free training event for volunteers on Tuesday 24 Feb from 12:30-4pm

This day will cover fruit tree care and maintenance, including pruning (both restorative and formative), mulching, attracting beneficial predators and soil microbiology. The Urban Orchard Project advocate a permaculture approach to orchard care; teaming with, not working against nature. Conventional fruit growing uses an arsenal of chemicals and synthetic fertilisers, degrading ecosystems and contributing to climate change. Our approach seeks to enhance biodiversity, create healthy soil and build human communities, all while providing healthy, organic fruit for all.

waking up in Spring

We are signing up volunteers for this event now and have approximately 12 places for the event. 
If you are interested in attending sign up as soon as possible by emailing 

Three more volunteer events where we need your help:
  1. Mon 23  Feb Community garden maintenance (2-4:30pm) @ Kingston Hill. Come along and learn about growing in the community garden, take part in a few activities to revamp the garden and save the compost heap! 
  2. Wed 25 Feb River bank maintenance (1:30-4:30pm) @ Knights Park -  help get the new bank ship shape before the new spring growth and help restore the balance of plant power on the Hogsmill.
  3. Sat 28 Feb Dig a ditch in 2015 (10am-3:30pm) Delayed from January – help conserve the ditches at Tolworth Court for the benefit of wildlife and to help keep the sports pitches dry by improving drainage
If you can help, please email 

On another note 

Members of the Kingston Biodiversity Network are joining in the challenge to raise awareness of what is currently these are the world’s most heavily trafficked mammal and raise funds for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to help save this species.  

They would like to get people joining in on their Pump it for Pangolins challenge watch this video for more info: Elliot Sets the Challenge and on Facebook and Twitter

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