What we did in 2019
Sat 19th January 2019 10am – 12noon. Sopwell Nunnery Green, St Albans pruning trees and bushes along the river and cutting back fallen trees and removing obstructions in the river.
Sat 16th February 2019 10am – 12noon. Back to Sopwell Nunnery Green, St Albans: tree pruning along the path, fence repair, obstructions to remove in the river plus cans and bottles to fish out.
Sat 16th March 2019 10am-12noon. Drop Lane, St Albans AL2 3TX. Tasks include pollarding willows and collecting stakes and faggots to reuse as flow deflectors in the river later in the year. Park and meet in the Riverside Way car park, Drop Lane, Colney Street, St Albans AL2 3TX https://goo.gl/maps/UWjzUyfwz9q
Sat 20th April 2019 10am-12noon. Colney Street AL2 3UA. For April’s work we will be in and around the River Ver between Frogmore Pits and Moor Mill. There are in-water trees to clear and we’ll be opening up the canopy to improve the river and bank side light levels. There’s plenty to do whether you have waders or wellies. No experience necessary! Park and meet at Moor Mill Lane, Colney Street AL2 3UA https://goo.gl/maps/RB725CGGFxH2
Sat 18th May 2019 10am-4pm. Verulamium Park near St Michael’s Bridge. There will be no official Action Group work party in May but on the 18th the Ver Valley Society will be running an event in the Park as part of the Sustainable St Albans Festival. Titled ‘How Healthy is the River Ver’ our Riverfly volunteers will be displaying chalk stream invertebrates and explaining how they reflect the health of a river. It’s a ‘drop in’ event open to the general public and you are welcome to call by to have a look and lend a hand too. We’ll be at https://goo.gl/maps/p1KpdabaCvB2
Sat 15th June 2019 10am-12noon. Sycamore Drive, Park Street AL2 2PJ. We’ll be pulling up Himalayan balsam an invasive species which has a foothold by the Ver as far upstream as Park Street. There’s plenty to do whether you have waders or wellies. No experience necessary. Park and meet in Sycamore Drive, Park Street AL2 2PJ https://goo.gl/maps/NuVUR7axuqn
Sat 20th July 2019 10am-12noon. Moor Mill (Beefeater), Smug Oak Ln, Bricket Wood, Radlett, St Albans AL2 3PN. A morning of Balsam bashing to continue our battle to eradicate this persistent pink flowered plant on the Ver. Wearing waders, wellies or stout shoes and wearing long sleeves is best! No experience necessary and we’ll probably go for a drink afterwards! Meet in the Moor Mill (Beefeater) car park. https://goo.gl/maps/pxw5L4MxbDMdFDiz7
Sat 17th August 2019 10am-12noon. Riverside Way and the Confluence. A final Balsam bash of the summer pulling the mature plants before they can set seed and spread downstream into the River Colne. New volunteers welcome. Wearing waders, wellies or stout shoes and long sleeves is best!
Park and meet in the Riverside Way car park, Drop Lane, Colney Street, St Albans AL2 3TX https://goo.gl/maps/UWjzUyfwz9q
Sat 21st September 2019 10am-12noon. Colney Street AL2 3UA. This month we’ll be tackling the footpaths near the River Ver between Frogmore Pits and Moor Mill. There’s plenty of scrub to clear that’s encroaching on the paths and blocking the view of the river. Park and meet at Moor Mill Lane, Colney Street AL2 3UA https://goo.gl/maps/RB725CGGFxH2
Sat 19th October 2019 10am-12noon. Riverside Way, Colney Street. A 70/30 mix of sunlight and shade helps produce the ideal chalk stream. We are aiming to create this perfect balance by pollarding willows by the Ver and taking the opportunity to trim trees overhanging the footpath. New volunteers welcome. Park and meet in the Riverside Way car park, Drop Lane, Colney Street, St Albans AL2 3TX https://goo.gl/maps/UWjzUyfwz9q
Sat 16th November 2019 10am-12noon. Sopwell Nunnery Green. We hope to be working on both sides of Cottonmill Lane to improve light levels in the river by trimming bushes and trees. If there is a larger turnout than usual, we’ll do a litterpick in and around the river too.
Meet on Sopwell Nunnery Green by the Cottonmill Lane bridge over the Ver (opposite the Sub Aqua Club). Park on the street or at the allotment car park, Sopwell Mill Farm Lane, off Cottonmill Lane, AL1 2ER https://goo.gl/maps/jJfLYmjRZxP2
Sat 21st December 2019 10am-12noon. Chequers Inn, Redbourn. We’ll be clearing obstructions on the River Red and along the dry Ver riverbed and down to the confluence with the Red. And afterwards for refreshments in the Chequers. Park and meet in the Chequers car park, St Albans Rd, Redbourn, St Albans AL3 7AD https://goo.gl/maps/x1dyDLsLPc4csNWY6
Existing members and new faces always welcome! You don’t need waders, tools are provided. Please contact Richard Wallis 01582 794332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend.