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 and Sunday each month; although sometimes more often. The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
We regret that all work sessions are suspended due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We wish you all well and will let you know when we resume our works.
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: