Hill Rise Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a 0.9 hectare site owned by Bedford Borough Council and jointly managed by local volunteers and the Council. The entrance is in Park Road North. There is a public car park nearby in Foster Hill Road and limited street parking in Park Road North.

  • Park Road North
  • Bedford
  • MK41 7RH
  • England

We usually meet on the last Sunday of the month from 09:30 - 12:30.

Events are scheduled for roughly three hours. Come and join the community for as much time as you can - all levels of experience and ability are welcome!

There will be a session, then a break for tea/coffee/cake at around 10:45, followed by a final session.

Regular equipment to bring will be loppers/secateurs, gloves, and eye protection, plus don't forget a mug for for your tea/coffee. Additional equipment for sessions is listed in the table.

Don't worry if you don't have your own equipment, we have tools that can be used.

See you there!

To keep up-to-date with events happening at Hill Rise, why not become a member of our WhatsApp group. Text 07970 557678 to join.

Volunteer Meetings 2022

Event Equipment Going Ahead
Sunday February 27 09:30 - 12:30 Dead rose clearance
Barrier tidying
Remainder of fence around the meadow
Pruning saw
Trench spade
Sunday March 27 09:30 - 12:30 Spanish bluebell clearance
Sweetpea clearance
Entrance tidying/clearance
Sunday April 24 09:30 - 12:30 Dead hedging
Moving nettles into the meadow
Sunday May 29 09:30 - 12:30 TBC TBC
Sunday June 26 09:30 - 12:30 TBC TBC
Sunday July 31 09:30 - 12:30 TBC TBC
Sunday August 28 09:30 - 12:30 TBC TBC
Sunday September 25 09:30 - 12:30 Scrub clearance on north/neighbour boundary
Meadow clearance
Sunday October 30 09:30 - 12:30 Pond clearance Wellies/Waders
Sunday November 27 09:30 - 12:30 TBC TBC
Sunday December 18 09:30 - 12:30 Mince Pies Christmas Hat

Regular Events

In addition to the main monthly tasks there will be regular events on either a Saturday or Sunday between 10:00 - 12:00.

These events will focus on smaller ongoing tasks, such as sweeping, general scrub clearance, litter picking, ivy clearance, rose clearance, habitat creation, items for bug habitat sourcing and storing.

Details will be posted to the WhatsApp group a few days before the event.

We'd love your help. Become a volunteer. WhatsApp 07970 557678