The Highams Park Snedders

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The Highams Park Snedders
The Highams Park Snedders

The Highams Park Snedders are a friendly group of local volunteers from the Highams Park Planning Group (HPPG) who help look after Highams Park Lake and the surrounding woods. The name Snedders comes from the old Saxon word “sned” which means to cut the small branches off a felled tree.

Outside of the bird nesting season we usually meet on one Tuesday andĀ  Sunday each month; although sometimes more often. TheĀ  sessions usually run from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm but feel free to come and go as you please.

If you would like to volunteer to help please email highamsparkplan@gmail.com and we will add you to the mailing list, or you can just turn up on one of the work dates below. We meet at Humphry’s Cafe at 9.30 am on workdays to collect the tools.

Scheduled Work Sessions:
Tuesday 17th December (cancelled due to rain)
Tuesday 7th January 2020
Saturday 18th January (stew day)
Thursday 30th January
Saturday 8th February
Tuesday 18th February
Thursday 27th February
Saturday 7th March
Tuesday 17th March
Saturday 28th March

We have done a variety of works in the local woods, including: clearing undergrowth that had got out of control after the cows stopped grazing at the lake in the mid-1990’s, opening windows in the vegetation around the lake to improve airflow and reed planting to improve the wildlife habitat and water quality at the lake. We also, undertake other improvement projects such as: refurbishing the building in the park to establish Humphry’s Cafe and the new path across the park.

We work closely with the Epping Forest conservators from the City Corporation who provide logistical support and training. The works we undertake in the woods form part of a management conservation programme set by the conservators’ ecologists.

We will provide all the tools and training needed for you to help out.

Here’s a little picture of the Snedders at work restoring the glade on the east side of the lake:

The Highams Park Snedders at Work
The Highams Park Snedders at Work