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Volunteer Work Parties

Volunteer Work Parties in February and March 2020

We will be arranging volunteer work parties for the Harpenden / Redbourn section of the Nickey Line on Wednesday 12th February and Wednesday 11th March - exact locations and tasks to be advised. 

We will also be arranging two volunteer work parties for the Hemel Hempstead section in February and March - exact dates, etc. to be advised. 

Volunteer Work Party at Hemel Hempstead - Weds 26th February from 9.30 am
Date Wednesday 26 February - 9.30 to 12.30

To be lead by Roger Green:

Meeting point Godwins Halt - behind Hartwell Ford (Redbourn Road, HP2 7AZ)

For those arriving by car, park at the end of Dione Road, Highfield which is very close to the Nickey Line.


First area

Finish removing any litter under Godwins Halt

Coppice any small trees/branches on the far side.

Brush cut the remaining brambles and rake up

Second area

Lopper the sides of the path at the Redbourn Road end of Yew Tree Wood and the perimeters of the green area.

Lopper any vegetation around the edge to facilitate litter removal.

Coppice any small trees if required

Brush cut where required

If you plan to go along, please let Roger know:


Identifying Nickey Line Trees in Winter - Harpenden - Sunday 23rd February

Geoff and Roger will be leading a walk from the Holly Bush Lane Steps in Harpenden as far as the next junction beyond Roundwood Halt (Five Ways) and back, using features of the tree, such as bark, buds and shape to identify different tree species.

If you would like to join us, please contact Roger on 01582 763560, email Having an idea of the numbers of those interested will be helpful

Harpenden Dawn Chorus Walk, plus Breakfast, 5.45am 10 May

This biennial event has been run since 2008 by the Harpenden branch of the RSPB and the Friends of the Nickey Line, and regularly sells out (24 places).



Meet at the rear car park of the Youth With a Mission site off Ambrose Lane, accessing the site using the drive alongside the bridge. The cost is 7 pounds per head, which must be paid in advance. Identify your breakfast choice when booking, from bacon butties or continental, while juice, coffee and tea is also included. Breakfast will be served about 7am. All are welcome. Contact Roger or Geoff to book your place and get instructions for paying

Contact Roger 01582 763560, or or Geoff 01582 765443 or

Hemel Hempstead Spring Watch Walk, Sunday 10 May at 10am

Spring will be here soon, so join us on Sunday 10th May looking out for seasonal changes!

We will meet by the bridge in Gadebridge Lane car park. Our route is about 3 miles long, and will take us along rural paths towards Pennine Way, from where we will be returning along the Nickey Line and through Old Town back to the starting point. Wear stout footwear as parts of the walk could be muddy

All are welcome. There is no need to book. Contact Roger Green (01442 257030) or Roger Thornhill (01582 763560) if you need further information. 

Rural Redbourn 4 mile walk taking in history and wildlife, Sunday 14 June at 10am

Today we join with the Ver Valley Society. We will meet at the car park on Redbourn Common close to the cricket club. Wear stout footwear, as the paths could be muddy

There is no need to book, and all are welcome

Contact Roger (01582 763560, or John (VVS)

Redbourn Butterfly Walk, Sunday 19 July at 10am

Meet in the car park at the bottom of Redbourn Lane, or if fulll along Harpenden Lane. The walk to the main habitat area is about 1 mile return, with the option of going to a second site involving a further mile in all. Wear stout footwear

This event is getting so popular, that one must pre-book (max of 20). Contact Roger on 01582 763560, or 


Why not come along to one of our working parties and help with the management of the Nickey Line?

If you are interested, contact us with your details and we shall email you with future work parties

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