About The Friends Group


The Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve was established in September 2018 by a small group of core volunteers after over a year of community conservation work at Berrylands Nature Reserve.  It is a not for profit community group (an unincorporated association), working in consultation with the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames and other local conservation and community organisations.

The Group was formed so that the local community has a stronger voice in deciding the direction and strategy of activities and improvements at our wonderful little nature reserve, as well as allowing us to apply for small community grants. A group like this is only ever as successful as its members, so we would encourage as many supporters as possible to sign up as members.  Membership is open to everyone and there are currently two types of membership: Full and Youth. You can check out the benefits of each membership here.  

The aim of the Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve is simple: To improve Berrylands Nature Reserve for the benefit of both wildlife and the local community, and where possible support other local green spaces.

There are several objectives that the Group strives to meet, which you can read in the official constitution, but what is key to us at this early stage is the input of all local residents and visitors so that we can ensure future activities are in line with community desires. As such, we will shortly be arranging a community meeting to give people the opportunity to meet the founding committee, hear an update on the restoration project and ask questions about the Friends of Group. The intention is for this group to be an exciting and fun way for the community to be involved with leading improvements and activities in Berrylands Nature Reserve.  The desire is to have a 21st century, highly productive and transparent group with limited bureaucracy but good oversight and governance. We want community involvement in the nature reserve, collaboration with the council and other local organisations, exciting projects to enhance the biodiversity of wildlife, educational and volunteering opportunities for all those interested and community events to inspire people and add to the community spirit of Berrylands. If you hadn’t gathered, we’re really excited about what can be done here!

You may be wondering who founded the group. Well, in order to get a Friends of Group up and running, a few regular volunteers decided to begin the process of establishing a formal group before inviting additional core volunteers to join them on the Management Committee; currently we have a Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and two other members. Collectively their role is to govern and run the group, making decisions on its behalf.  The three officers have specific roles and the two additional members are there as representatives of all the group’s members and to scrutinise and advise the committee on their behalf.  The committee members are also liable for the group as it is not an independent legal entity.  You can find out about who is helping to steer this group through its early stages here. There will be opportunities in the future for other members to volunteer to sit on the Management Committee, as per the constitution.

Although the Friends of Group is run on a purely voluntary basis there are still costs involved, in particular to cover things like compulsory insurances and tools for conservation volunteer days but also for running events at the nature reserve and promoting the nature reserve to the local community and beyond. These costs will primarily be covered by membership fees (assuming we get enough members!) and donations, and we are also pursuing a number of small grant opportunities. We are pleased to say that within 2 weeks of founding the group, we were successful in applying for a small grant for some tools!

Membership


Whilst the nature reserve is a public space owned by the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames, and therefore open to anyone to visit for free, we really do encourage supporters to sign up to become members in order to financially support the important work of the Group; conservation, land management, improvements and enhancements to the nature reserve, wildlife talks, bat walks, as well as other events to help foster local community spirit. It’s important to remember that the Group is fully reliant on volunteers to manage and run it, as well as for conservation work – there are no employees and no direct income stream to pay for things. Small membership fees are therefore essential in allowing the Group to have a basic level of funding in order to operate successfully so that we can look after the nature reserve for present and future generations, and never allow it to become overgrown, unmanaged and awash with anti-social behaviour as it was a few years ago.  Can you support us by signing up today?

Full Member

– £10 per annum
Eligibility Benefits
Open to anyone aged over 16
  • Member voting rights at general meetings
  • Ability to submit proposals and ideas
  • Members only events
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Supporters window sticker
  • Discounted hire of nature equipment like Bat Detectors & Wildlife Cameras (currently an aspiration)

Youth Member

– £4 per annum
Eligibility Benefits
Open to anyone under 16*
(*requires guardian approval)
  • Ability to submit proposals and ideas (but no voting rights)
  • Members only events
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Wildlife & nature info packs
  • Supporters pin badge
  • Discounted hire of nature equipment like Bat Detectors & Wildlife Cameras (currently an aspiration)

Join


We are so excited that you wish to become a member of the Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve, a group whose aim is: “To improve Berrylands Nature Reserve for the benefit of both wildlife and the local community, and where possible support other local green spaces.”

Whether you are a local resident or a supporter of green spaces or a passionate conservationist, we welcome your application. As a voluntary association we rely entirely on donations and grants in order to cover running costs, items like mandatory insurances and equipment for voluntary events, and fund improving and caring for the nature reserve. This is why there is a cost associated to membership. By becoming a member you can directly contribute to the future direction of the group, propose ideas and vote at members meetings.

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1 Member Details
2 Contact Consent
3 Safeguarding
4 Questions
5 Donation
6 Payment
Membership Sign Up

To become a member, please complete the form below and make the necessary payment as per the options given. Once payment is received, your membership will be confirmed.

Although we are a voluntary community group, we take data protection legislation seriously and will always look after the personal information you provide us with.

If you experience any dificulties in completing this form please contact: berrylandsnr@gmail.com

This form is for one single membership application. If you require further memberships for other family members etc, please complete additional forms once this one is completed.

so we can deliver any membership documents and to help us understand where members are joining from

Membership Type

Contact Consent

Do you consent to us contacting you with information regarding Berrylands Nature Reserve, the Friends of Group or information about events at other local green spaces?

Unfortunately your membership application cannot be continued. This is due to the failure to agree to provide a contactable email address.
This is the only means the Group has to contact members so is essential for membership.

Safeguarding

It is important that we have the permission of an Over 18 guardian when dealing with someone under the age of 18.

Member Over 18

Guardian Details

This section MUST be completed if the membership application is for a Full Member below the age of 18 OR for a Youth Member below the age of 16. It MUST be completed by the Guardian who themselves is over the age of 18.

Please confirm that you are both the applicant's guardian and aged Over 18?

Applicant's Guardian
Guardian Over 18

Unfortunately your membership application cannot be continued. You have either stated that you are not the member's guardian or that you are not over 18. An over 18 guardian is required for a Youth Membership or Full Membership of a 16 and 17 year old.

Relationship to Member

if different from email address entered at begining of application

for emergency contact only

Quick Questions (optional)

We would really appreciate it if you could take a minute to complete some additional quick questions in order to help us be a better friends of group.

Answer Questions
How did you hear about this group & membership?
Did you know this green space existed before the project work started there in 2017?
Did you know the space was an official local nature reserve?
Are you interested in conservation volunteering events at Berrylands Nature Reserve?

We'll have a members' meeting soon but for now, what would YOU like us to focus our efforts on?

Donation

Some residents have asked how they can make donations towards the nature reserve work. As such we wanted to offer these people a chance whilst joining.

Please do not feel any pressure to donate beyond your membership payment. If however you do wish to make an additional donation, please include the amount in your answer below.

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Bank Transfer Details

Bank Lloyds Bank
Account Name Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve
Account Number 47115768
Sort Code 30-90-09
Reference New Member's surname & initial

Cheque Details

Please make cheques payable to:

Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve

Please post / deliver cheques to the address below with a note confirming the New Member's name:

Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve
36 Pine Gardens
Surbiton, KT5 8LH

Please complete payment at the event after submitting application.

Final Declaration

By ticking the box below, I confirm that I have answered all the questions accurately and to the best of my knowledge.

Please read the Group Constitution by following the link below.

Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve - Group Constitution 2018.pdf

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Committee


The current committee was elected at the first Friends of Berrylands Nature Reserve AGM on the 2nd March 2019.
Founding committee members Andrew, Emma & Derek were joined by Kay, Paul & Phil.

The 6 committee members are all local, committed, enthusiastic volunteers who have been involved at the nature reserve for a significant amount of time, and have been active supporters of the Friends group since it’s formation.
All are invested in donating their time, skills, knowledge and creativity to help improve the nature reserve for the local community, while also enhancing it for the benfit of it’s wildlife.

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