Task Reports

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Conservation Work - Past

Bowling Park Community Orchard

Allotments, Bowling Park Drive, West Bowling, BD4

We will carry out general maintenance tasks at the Orchard. As always there will be plenty to do to keep the site looking cared for as the harvest season approaches. This included mowing the grass next to the path, and weeding around the trees and raised beds. The belvedere was looked at, with the old graffiti and vanish removed and a new coating painted on.

On the day too we had a wonderful surprise with a family of wrens, with the fledging hopping in the freshly mown grass and a strange encounter with a colony of caterpillar.

Today we were in a group of 13 

 

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St Ives Estate

St Ives Estate, Bingley, BD16

First things first. It didn't rain today. At all! No wet feet, not winter fleeces. Phew. 

Today was a mixture of carry timber up the hill (thanks to the help from golf club green keepers we didn't spend all day, and all our energy doing this), sawing, splitting logs and stacking the timber. 

Two kilns are now ready to burn. 

There was plenty of insect life around to keep us entertained. Of note were the lacewing larvae who seemed to like the metal of the kilns, fast moving (hence blurred photos) violet ground beetles, and several unidentified catapillars.

 Today we were in a group of 9

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Local sites

Woodside and Culture Fusion

Today task was to attend and further manage the sites at Woodside Community Garden, Reevy Mill Dam, the Community Orchard where the plants required some attention. Also as well as this the grass at Reevy Mill Dam was mown and the group undertook some litterpicking. The Ration Garden project at Culture Fusion and the Orchard, which is part of the commemoration of the start of World War 1. 

Today we were a group of 9

 

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Canal Road Greenway

Poplar Road, Frizinghall, BD18

We will continue with our project to landscape the Canal road Greenway. Today we will be raking over the ground alongside the tarmac path to create suitable conditions to sow seeds. This will ensure that the tarmac strip blends in nicey and will complement our work planting the trees.

 

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Black Mountain

Southmere Drive, Great Horton, BD7

This is a site that we last worked at in 2010. It is in need of a litter pick and general tidy up, so that the community can make better use of it in the future and benefit the flora and fauna. Our task was to make the site look more welcoming to the residents around. First we collected litter and fly tipping, we found a fridge, carpets, Wendy house and lots of litter. We then spent time clearing the pathways and mowing the edges so that people can walk around more easily.  Some trees that had been damaged were pruned to give them a better chance in the future.

 

Similar to other sites we manage it would benefit from some regular maintenance, it is an important site for wildlife and there was plenty of birdsong to be heard with several butterflies. By the end of the day the site the site looked improved and the team said they enjoyed themselves.

 

Today we were a group of 10.

 

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Canal Road Greenway

Poplar Road, Frizinghall, BD18

Today we prepared ground using rakes and forks and then sowed grass seeds along the edge of the tarmac path.

Today we were a group 7.

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Blossom Day 2014

Bowling Park Community Orchard, allotments Bowling Park Drive, West Bowling, BD4

We had a lovely day at the orchard today.

Everyone worked hard to tackle several essential tasks - grass cutting and general weeding, clearing around the trees and applying some food (seaweed meal, fine charcoal and compost), clearing the area near the new gazebo, and weeding and planting vegetable seeds.

This year the vegetable beds are an extension of our Ration Garden. The seeds we planted were donated by the Heritage Seed Library and the potatoes are varieities that were being grown over 100 years ago. Read more about our WW1 Ration Garden here.

The forcast had been for a chilly day but we were actually blessed with warm sunshine (and the need for suncream!). And another bonus was the amount of blossom! The orchard looked lovely.

There is still quite a lot of work to do to finish the spring tasks. We are next at the orchard on 6th June.

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Canal Road Greenway

Poplar Road, Frizinghall, BD18

Today we prepared ground using rakes and forks and then sowed grass seeds along the edge of the tarmac path.

Today we were a group 7.

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