We are excited to announce the creation of a Colne Valley Park Green Team.

Groundwork’s Green Teams are a successful model which prepare local unemployed residents for careers in conservation and horticulture through working a waged 6-month work placement in grounds improvement and maintenance as a pathway into further employment at the end of the programme. At the end of the six months the trainees will have extensive knowledge of using various hand and power tools, an understanding of both how and why we improve habitats, as well as a level one City and Guilds Horticultural qualification.

This new team was made possible by a grant from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund for the Natural Connections Project.

The Colne Valley Green Team in Action

The team consists of young residents, who are being employed and trained, gaining qualifications and valuable experience to kick-start their future careers. Their tasks involve managing a number of local and national nature reserves across the local area. The team will also be getting hands on with invasive species control, removing floating pennywort from the Rive Colne.

Green Team Supervisor Luke Meagher is delighted at the work his team are doing and the skills they have gained so far working with the rangers at Langley Park, maintaining beds, and constructing some natural fencing across Ruislip woods.

Are you 18-23 and interested in conservation? Enquire at your local job centre for information about a 6 month Green Team paid traineeship in the Colne Valley Regional Park (must be signed up for universal credit to be eligible).

‘Dead Hedges’ constructed using left over plant material removed from other conservation works at Ruislip Woods.

What is the Natural Connections Project?

Groundwork South and London Borough of Hillingdon were awarded funding from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund for a project entitled ‘Natural Connections : Colne Valley Park’.

The grant of £190k, is being used to :

  • Set up a Green Team in the Colne Valley Regional Park consisting of young residents, who will be employed and trained, gaining qualifications and valuable experience to kick-start their future careers. They will undertake habitat improvements at Bucks Country Parks, Ruislip Woods, other green spaces and removal of invasive species from rivers.
  • Work with Buckinghamshire Council to Restore and Create Heathland at Black Park.
  • Hillingdon will Employ an Education/Events Officer who will primarily work at  Ruislip Woods but will also do some work at the Denham Woods.

Find out more here about the initiation of the project:

Natural Connections Project Gains Grant from Green Recovery Challenge Fund 

Conservation in Action

The Green Team Hard at Work

The team preparing to dig over a bed ready to be planted at Langley Park.